Ring-shaped cakes and other baked goods symbolize wholeness and the completion of a full year's cycle. In Greece, there's vasilopita
, a round, anise-flavored cake with a coin hidden inside; in Mexico, they make rosca de reyes
, a sweet, ring-shaped bread that's studded with dried fruit and baked with a tiny figurine of baby Jesus inside; and a long-held Dutch tradition is to feast on puffy, doughnut-like fritters called oliebollen
, which are filled with apples and raisins and dusted with powdered sugar.
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