Mardi Gras King Cake
Posted by: Karen: Sun, 22 Feb 2004, at 6:22 a.m.
1 package Yeast
1/4 cup Warm water
6 teaspoons Milk -- scalded and cooled
4 cups Flour (to 5 cups)
1/2 pound Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons 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 mixture 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 at 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