King Cake

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2008/02/04 15:06:40 (permalink)

King Cake

Has anyone here ever made this cake before?
I'm going to attempt it for a small gathering for a Shrove Tues. event. Any tips I would be gratefull, it's a first for me.
Chow Jim

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    RE: King Cake 2008/02/04 17:07:11 (permalink)
    Are you planning on stuffing one of those plastic babies in it? If so, I would be sure to tell everyone at the party. My aunt unsuspectingly bit into a piece and broke her bridge.

    Can't help with baking tips as I've never made one, but admire your0 spirit and wish you luck.

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    RE: King Cake 2008/02/04 18:38:59 (permalink)
    Jimeats -

    This is the recipe given to me by Ms Marie Collins. Ms Marie was a god send during my time in bayou country. She checked up on me and made sure I was "ettin" right. She was older than the dirt she walked on, but that just made her more special.

    2 packs dry yeast active
    1/2 Cup water (hotter than you but not too hot) 103-110 range
    3 1/2 to 4 1/2 Cups ap flour
    1/2 Cup sugar
    2 handfuls salt
    Big pinch nutmeg
    Handful lemon skin (lemon zest, grated)
    1/2 Cup water, lukewarm
    3 Large eggs
    4 egg yolks
    1/2 cup real butter, room temp
    1 Large egg, beat it with 1 tsp of milk
    1 dried bean (small plastic doll or plastic coin)
    3 Cups powdered sugar
    1/4 Cup lemon juice
    3 tsp water or more
    colored sugars (purple green yellow)

    Dissolve yeast in water for about 10 minutes
    Mix flour, sugar, nutmeg, salt and lemon skin in a large bowl
    Make a well in center of your dry mix
    Add yeast mixture the milk, the eggs and the egg yolks, mix em up well
    Beat in butter a knob at a time until dough forms a ball
    Turn out onto floured table you may need to mix in some more flour
    Knead until dough is springy and smooth
    Put dough in a buttered bowl making sure all the dough ball is covered
    Cover with a towel rise until doubled
    Take your pan and brush it with butter
    Punch down dough on floured table

    Roll with your hands til it looks like a tinder log (umm tube shape about 16 inches are so)
    Place dough on your pan turn it into a ring

    Press the bean somewhere into the dough so NO knows where its hid
    Set covered in warm spot so it will rise with a towel (about an hour)

    Before you put it in the oven brush itgood with the egg milk mixture

    Bake in a 375° oven until golden brown (30 minutes there about)
    Take cake out and cool on wire rack

    Mix all the icing ingredients until glossyy
    Drizzle heavily over the top of the cake, letting it drip down inside

    Immediately sprinkle sugars over icing in 3 finger widths stripe of color (alternate green purple yellow)

    "Now don't go an forget to tell da folk about da bean, they that finds it has got to make the next one"

    I hope this helps and I hope you have fun with it

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