Sweet Bread: Mardi Gras King Cake

posted by Angel 02-06-101 3:48 PM

Mardi Gras King Cake

1 pkg. Yeast
1/4 cup Warm water
6 tsp. Milk, scalded and cooled
4 cups Flour (to 5 cups)
1/2 lb. Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp. Salt
4 Eggs
2 tsp. 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" 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 @ 325 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush top of cake with corn syrup and sprinkle with alternating bands of colored sugar. Cake freezes well.

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