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King Cake Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Helen Mowry
Added: Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 3/4 c. flour, divided
1 c. sugar, divided
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 envelopes Rapid Rise yeast
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. oleo
2 eggs
1/4 c. melted oleo
1 T. cinnamon

Directions:
Directions:



In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, salt and undissolved yeast. Heat milk, water and oleo until very warm (120 F.) Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 to 24 hours.
Punch dough down. Remove dough to lightly floured surface. Divide into 3 equal pieces. Roll each to 28 x 4 inch rectangle. Brush melted oleo over each rectangle; sprinkle evenly with remaining 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Beginning at long end, roll each up tightly as for jellyroll; pinch seams to seal to form ropes. Braid ropes; form braid into oval. Pinch ends together to seal. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Bake at 375 F. for 25-30 minutes or until done. Remove from baking sheet; let cool on wire rack. Brush with powdered sugar glaze; sprinkle with colored sugar.

Powdered Sugar Glaze: In medium bowl, combine 2 cups powdered sugar and 2-3 T. milk. Stir until smooth.

Colored Sugars: Combine 1/2 c. sugar and 8 drops of green food coloring in resealable plastic bag. Shake vigorously to evenly mix color with sugar. Repeat procedure with 1/2 c. sugar and yellow food coloring. For purple, combine 8 drops blue and 16 drops red food coloring before adding to 1/2 c. sugar.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
24
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
The colored sugars will last for years sealed in the plastic bags.

 

 

 

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