King Cake

Check out Bob's recipe for your Mardi Gras celebration!

BATTER

1/2 cup butter of margarine

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 t. salt

1/3 cup warm water

2 packages dry yeast (0.5 oz.)

3 large eggs, beaten

1 t. grated lemon rind

1 t. ground nutmeg or cinnamon

4-5 cups all-purpose flour

1 small plastic baby to bake in the cake

GLAZE

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

1 T. lemon juice

1 T. water

DECORATION

Colored granulated sugar (gold, purple, green)

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Over medium heat in a large saucepan, heat the butter, milk, sugar, and salt until the butter melts and the mixture steams. Do not let it scorch. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the warm water into a large bowl and dissolve the yeast in it. Add the warm milk mixture, eggs, lemon rind, nutmeg, and 2 cups flour. Mix well until free of lumps. Stir in 2 more cups of flour. Add more flour as needed to make a dough that holds together and is easy to handle.
  • Dust a counter surface with flour. Turn out the dough and kneed it for 5 minutes until it gets springy.
  • Grease another large bowl in a warm, draft-free place and let it rise until it doubles in volume, about 2 hours.
  • Punch it down and kneed for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 3 equal parts and each piece into a rope about 30" long.
  • Grease a large baking sheet and carefully braid the ropes together, curving the braid to form an oval. Wet the ends and press them together. Push the baby underneath to hide it.
  • Cover the sheet again with the towel and let the dough rise for an hour.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool.
  • In a small mixing bowl blend the ingredients for the glaze well. Drizzle or paint the glaze on top of the cake and sprinkle it with alternating colors of granulated sugar.

NOTE: Whoever finds the baby in their piece of cake must make the King Cake next year.

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Photo by bhofack2/iStock / Getty Images