Recipe: Spanish Kings bun

After the masses of eating that we already do over the Christmas period, in Spain, the fun doesn’t stop there!! We also celebrate Epiphany, on the 6th of January, with the arrival of the 3 Kings. The kids in Spain don’t get to open their main presents until this day in fact. And to celebrate, they also have a special dessert: The Kings Bun.

Not going to lie, normally I would buy this from a nice bakery ready made, but in the UK you can’t get them easy. As I’m not currently in Spain didn’t want to miss out on the fun so decided I would have my first EVER attempt at making this lovely dessert, and boy was it goood! So, I would like to share the recipe with you.



  • 650g strong white flour
  • 250ml milk @ room temperature
  • 30g fresh yeast or 15g dry yeast
  • 120g sugar
  • 120 unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 10g salt
  • 2 teaspoons orange essence
  • Rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon

To decorate

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Fruit


  1. First of all we are going to make a batter with 3 ingredients: a little bit of the flour, a little bit of the milk and the yeast. Mix together in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm area (next to radiator, or airing cupboard) for around 20 minutes. This is going to be our pre-batter.

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2. Meanwhile we are going to mix the rest of the ingredients in a larger bowl and create our main dough.

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We can then add our pre-batter that has been left for 15-20 minutes for the yeast to activate. Mix all together and kneed to a lovely dough consistancy.


3. The dough now needs to proof. Put your dough back in the bowl.  Cover it with cling film and leave to rest for 1 hour in warm area, or until it doubles in size.

4. Now, give it some shape!! The typical bun has a ring shape.


5. Leave to rest for another hour, yes…. and it will double in size again!


6. Lightly egg wash all over and decorate the top. I used sliced orange, crushed almonds and sugar.


and it’s ready to bake!! around 20-30 minutes at 180º until golden brown


Important to make yourself a coffee and show of your new bargain PJ’s (reduced to 9.50 from 32 pounds!!) from Boux Avenue and lens mug from Urban Outfitters.


Leave to cool fully, this bun is served room temperature and usually filled with cream, so whip up some cream!!

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Well worth the hours wait, highly recommended recipe everyone, enjoy!

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