King Cake

King Cake Recipe and Video

Description

Bring a little bit of New Orleans home to your house. This festive sweet bread traditionally has a small trinket baked inside. Whoever finds it will have good luck during the coming year.

Ingredients

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 5 large egg yolks egg yolks
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon multicolored candy sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and white sugar in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir the egg yolks and melted butter into the milk mixture. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, nutmeg and lemon zest. Beat the flour mixture into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Mix well. In another small bowl, combine the remaining 2 cups confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough out into a 6x30 inch rectangle. Spread the cream cheese filling across the center of the dough. Bring the two long edges together and seal completely. Using your hands shape the dough into a long cylinder and place on a greased baking sheet, seam-side down. Shape the dough into a ring press the baby into the ring from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough. Place a well-greased 2 pound metal coffee can the center of the ring to maintain the shape during baking. Cover the ring with a towel and place in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove the coffee can and allow the bread to cool. Drizzle cooled cake with lemon/sugar glaze and decorate with candy sprinkles.

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Nutritional Information

King Cake

Servings Per Recipe: 12
Calories: 462
% Daily Value *
protein: 16 %
carbohydrates: 22 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 6 %
sugars:
fat: 27 %
saturated fat: 50 %
cholesterol: 43 %
vitamin a iu: 13 %
niacin equivalents: 35 %
vitamin b6: 5 %
vitamin c: 4 %
folate: 30 %
calcium: 6 %
iron: 14 %
magnesium: 6 %
potassium: 4 %
sodium: 21 %
thiamin: 38 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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