Chef Pati Jinich’s Three Kings Bread Recipe With Chocolate!

Three Kings Day is almost here and it’s one of those Mexican traditions that many of us grew up with. In fact, in many Mexican households parents skip giving their children gifts on Christmas Day and wait until January 6th to give them their gifts that not Santa Claus brought them, but the Three Kings. In an effort to help you celebrate this beautiful tradition, we’re sharing Chef Pati Jinich’s delicious chocolate three kings bread recipe to make this date extra special.

Pati Jinich

It’s a wise idea to make this recipe a day before and don’t forget to add the plastic baby Jesus’s since tradition dictates that whoever gets the baby in their slice has to make the tamales in a couple of weeks.



Wet ingredients

1/3 of a cup of warm whole milk

1 package or 2 teaspoons of powdered yeast

1/2 cup of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of granulated sugar

1/2 cup or one stick of unsalted butter

2/3 cup of granulated sugar

5 large eggs

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1/2 cup of powdered cocoa

Pinch of kosher or sea salt

2 teaspoons of water

1/2 cup of candied cherries

1/2 cup orange zest


1/4 cup of melted unsalted butter

1/2 cup of condensed milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 cup of powdered sugar