The Feast of Epiphany: Last-Minute Ideas for Tonight's 'Little Christmas' Celebration

The day of Epiphany is here, with people around the world ringing in “Little Christmas,” a celebration of the arrival of the Three Wise Men to the Christ child’s presence.  The day is celebrated by Christians throughout the world with traditional feasts and foods served to commemorate the special occasion.  In Mexico tamales are a traditional dinner. In Manitou Springs, Colorado, fruitcake is tossed.  There are a tremendous number of ways Epiphany is celebrated, with the tone and technique of celebration as varied as the cultures putting on the parties.  No matter how you choose to celebrate Epiphany, one thing is for sure.  Time is running out.  If you’re looking to celebrate the event tonight but have little planned, it’s not too late!  We’ve pulled together a few super-quick recipes for the most favorite traditional Epiphany foods.  From Quick Kings Cake to 2-Minute Wassail, here are the best, quickest eats for today’s special holiday.

Three Kings Cake

You might not have time to pull together a whole cake for this evening’s celebration, but you’ll definitely have time to make these easy Winter Cupcakes.  Stir a bit of lemon, lime, and orange zest into the batter to represent each of the Three Wise Men.


Wassail is a traditional food served in England on the day of Epiphany.  Try this super simple (and so good!) version of Cinnamon Apple Wassail by stirring 1 cup of Red Hots candy into 1 quart of apple juice.  Heat until the candy is melted. Serve steaming hot in mugs.

Quick German Kings Bread

Traditional Kings Bread consists of 7 sweet yeast balls of bread dough baked into a circle, then frosted with icing.  If you’re looking for a quick way to make Kings Bread tonight, pick up two tubes of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.  Arrange the rolls in a circle on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake according to package directions, then ice with the accompanying packet of icing.

Rice Porridge

In India, a sweet rice porridge is the Epiphany meal of choice.  You can make your own quick Rice Pudding by cooking 2 cups of instant white rice according to package directions.  Toss in 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of raisins while the water is boiling, if you prefer it sweet.  Once cooked,  serve with a splash of heavy cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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