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Mardi Gras King Cake
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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.
Date Added: June 9, 2008
Category: Dessert

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
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.

  2. Add milk and about 1/2 cup of flour.

  3. In a large bowl, blend butter, sugar, salt and eggs.

  4. Add yeast dough and mix thoroughly.

  5. Gradually, add 2 1/2 cups flour to make a medium dough.

  6. Place in a greased bowl and brush with melted butter.

  7. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until double in volume, about 3 hours.

  8. Use 1 cup or more flour to knead dough and roll into a 4 to 5 foot long rope.

  9. Form into a oval on a 14 x 17-inch greased cookie sheet, connecting ends of the rope with a few drops of water.

  10. Press the doll (or bean) into the dough from underneath.

  11. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in volume, about 1 hour.

  12. Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

  13. Brush top of cake with corn syrup and sprinkle with alternating bands of colored sugar.

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