Classic King's Cake

Classic King’s Cake

The History of the King’s Cake:

This is a traditional dish from New Orleans, Louisiana during Mardi Gras. The king cake takes its name from the Biblical kings. Catholic tradition states that their journey to Bethlehem took twelve days (the Twelve Days of Christmas), and that they arrived to honor the Christ child on Epiphany.

The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day), through to Mardi Gras day. Some organizations or groups of friends may have “king cake parties” every week through the Carnival season.

In southern U.S.A., the tradition was brought to the area by colonists from France and Spain. King cake parties in New Orleans are documented back to the eighteenth century. The New Orleans King Cake from the Mardi Gras tradition comes in a number of styles. The most simple, said to be the most traditional, is a ring of twisted bread. It is similar to that used in brioche, and is topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green, and gold (the traditional Carnival colors) with food coloring. Some varieties have filling inside, the most common being cream cheese followed by praline.

It has become customary in the New Orleans culture that whoever finds the trinket (a small figure baked inside) must provide the next king cake.


King’s Cake

Preparation and cooking time: 4-1/2 hours.


Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 cups flour unsifted
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, this is lemon rind, grated
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 stick butter cut into slices and softened, plus 2 tablespoons more softened Forces butter
  • 1 egg slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1″ plastic baby doll

Directions:

  1. Pour the warm water into a small shallow bowl, and sprinkle yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar into it.
  2. Allow the yeast and sugar to rest for three minutes, then mix Sancaktepe thoroughly.
  3. Set bowl in a warm place for ten minutes, or until yeast bubbles up and mixture almost doubles in volume.
  4. Combine 3 1/2 cups of flour, remaining sugar, nutmeg and salt, and sift into a large mixing bowl. Stir in lemon zest.
  5. Form a hole in the center of mixture and pour in the yeast mixture and milk. Add egg yolks, and using a wooden spoon, slowly combine dry ingredients into the yeast/milk mixture.
  6. When mixture is smooth, beat in 8 tablespoons of butter (1 tablespoon at a time) and continue to beat for 2 minutes, or until dough can be formed into a medium-soft ball.
  7. Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface and knead like bread. While kneading, sprinkle up to 1 cup more of flour (1 tablespoon at a wholesale jerseys Prepaid time) over the dough. When dough is no longer sticky, knead 10 minutes more until shiny and elastic.
  8. Using a pastry brush, coat the inside of a large bowl evenly with one tablespoon softened butter. Place dough ball in the bowl and rotate until the entire surface is buttered.
  9. Cover bowl with a moderately thick kitchen towel and place in a draft-free spot for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in volume.
  10. Using a pastry brush, coat a large baking sheet with one tablespoon of butter and set aside.
  11. Remove dough from bowl and place on lightly floured surface. Using your fist, punch dough down forcefully. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.
  12. Pat and shake dough to form a cylinder. Twist dough to form a curled cylinder, and then loop the cylinder of dough onto the buttered baking sheet. Pinch the ends together to complete the circle.
  13. Cover dough with towel and set it in draft-free spot for 45 minutes, or until the circle of dough doubles in volume.
  14. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  15. Brush the top and sides of cake with egg wash, and bake on middle rack of wholesale jerseys oven for 25 to 35 minutes until golden brown. Place cake on wire rack to cool. If desired, you can hide the plastic baby in the cake at this time.

Ingredients for Colored Sugars

  • Colored sugars: Green, purple, & yellow paste
  • 12 tablespoons Kirjoittajien sugar


Directions

  1. Squeeze a dot of green paste in palm of hand.
  2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over the paste, and rub together quickly.
  3. Place this mixture on wax paper and wash hands to remove color.
  4. Repeat process for other 2 colors. a Place aside.

Icing

  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 – 6 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Combine sugar, lemon juice and 3 tablespoons water until smooth. If icing is too stiff, add more water until spreadable.
  2. Spread icing over top of the cake.
  3. Immediately sprinkle the colored sugars in individual rows consisting of about 2 rows of green, purple and Cross-Platform yellow.


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admin, “King’s Cake.” Coast2CoastRecipes, http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/kings-cake/ [accessed March 26, 2017].
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admin, King’s Cake [Internet]. Coast2CoastRecipes; 2017 February 13, 02:43 UTC [cited 2017 Mar 26]. Available from: http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/kings-cake/.
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King’s Cake, http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/kings-cake/ (last visited Mar. 26, 2017).
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