New Panaderia Offers Rosca de Reyes

Teresa Godoy shows a variety of breads baked at Godoy’s Bakery in Los Fresnos. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

by Tony Vindell/LFN

As the newest business in Los Fresnos that specializes in Mexican-styled breads and cookies, Godoy’s Bakery is taking orders for the traditional Rosca de Reyes.

The round-shaped bread is a fixture during Three Kings Day, which is celebrated by some in the Hispanic world on Jan. 6, or Dia de la Epifania.

Godoy’s opened its doors this past October near the corner of Ocean and Arroyo boulevards.

Brownsville resident Sabino Godoy and brother, Cristobal, decided to take the plunge by joining the local business community in this city which they said is growing fast.

“We have been watching the growth taking place here in Los Fresnos,” Sabino Godoy said. “So we decided to bring a bakery here.”

Godoy said he learned to bake breads in a Brownsville bakery where he worked for 13 years.

Although a Rosca de Reyes is to be consumed on Jan. 6, he said they are taking orders from now on until that day so people get to enjoy the pastry.

A rosca is supposed to contain one or more baby Jesus and whenever a person happens to get a slice of bread and finds the plastic figure inside it, he or she is supposed to throw a gathering and gets the honor of providing tamales to be shared among them on Feb. 2, known as Dia de la Candelaria, or Candlemas.

However, those who do not follow this tradition simply enjoy a slice with a cup of hot coffee or milk.

Godoy’s opens as early as 5 a.m. seven days a week. The telephone number there is 956-254-2215.

Los Fresnos is also home to Abby’s Bakery, another maker of Mexican-styled breads, known as pan dulce. Abby’s will also have Roscas de Reyes, starting this Jan. 4. Its telephone number is 956-233-9600.

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