Mardi Gras King Cake2013-01-06
King Cakes are traditionally made and eaten after New Years up until Ash Wednesday. A small baby figure is placed in each cake. The person who gets the baby has to provide the next King Cake.
- 1 package yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 6 teaspoons milk, scalded and cooled
- 4 cups flour (to 5 cups)
- 1/2 pound butter
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons melted butter
- Small plastic doll (or bean)
- Light corn syrup for topping
- Granulated sugar for topping - green, yellow, purple
Dissolve yeast in warm water.
Add milk and about 1/2 cup of flour.
In a large bowl, blend butter, sugar, salt and eggs.
Add yeast dough and mix thoroughly.
Gradually, add 2 1/2 cups flour to make a medium dough.
Place in a greased bowl and brush with melted butter.
Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until double in volume, about 3 hours.
Use 1 cup or more flour to knead dough and roll into a 4 to 5 foot long rope.
Form into a oval on a 14 x 17-inch greased cookie sheet, connecting ends of the rope with a few drops of water.
Press the doll (or bean) into the dough from underneath.
Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in volume, about 1 hour.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned.
Brush top of cake with corn syrup and sprinkle with alternating bands of colored sugar.
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