King Cake for Mardi Gras

Mon, Feb 15, 2010

Desserts, Recipes

King cake is very popular during Mardi Gras in the US and can be made in a few different ways , some with filling and some with out. Here is a New Orleans style king cake recipe that is considered to be the easiest version and the most traditional!

Serves 10
Time required 230 minutes
Difficulty level 4
Cost of ingredients 10 USD

  • ½ cup warm water (approximately 110F or 43C)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • ½ cup (115g) sugar
  • ½ cup (125g) butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons (9.5g) salt
  • 4 ½  cups (575g) all purpose flour
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) lemon zest
  • 1 ½  teaspoon (7g) nutmeg
  • 1 ½  teaspoon (7g) cinnamon
  • ½ cup milk (118 ml)
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk for egg wash

Proof yeast in a bowl with the warm water and 2 teaspoons sugar of the sugar, mix well and let sit in a warm place for about 10 minutes or until doubled in size.

In another large bowl mix together 3 ½ cups, sugar, salt, nutmeg with a whisk to have everything evenly distributed.  Next stir in the lemon zest.

Make a well in the center of your flour mix and pour in the milk and proofed yeast.. Add in the egg yolks, using a spoon slowly mix together the dry and wet ingredients. Mix until smooth, then add in butter a tablespoon at a time and beat into the dough before adding in the next. Continue to beat the dough until a medium soft ball can be formed, should take about 2 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding in another cup of flour into the dough, a tablespoon at a time. Cover and allow to raise for about 1 ½ hours or until doubled in size.

Punch the dough down  then sprinkle the cinnamon over the top. Form the dough into a long cylinder and loop onto a oiled or buttered cookie sheet. Pinch together the ends to make a circle. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to double in size, about 45minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 375F (190.5C).

When dough is done doubling in size, brush the cake with the egg wash  and bake for 25 – 35 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before icing and adding colored sugar if desired.

Photo by logan.brown.

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