Try this King Cake recipe, or contribute your own.Suggest a better description
The King Cake, surely the most popular of all Mardi Gras foods has a history rich in tradition. The history of the King Cake dates back to the Middle Ages. During this time Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, and the end of the Christmas season came to be known as the "12th Night" -- a time for pageants, and giving special "King" presents to children. These king presents were in memory of the Three Wise Men or Kings who followed a star and paid homage to Christ. The king cake, an oval shaped braided coffee cake decorated with cinnamon and sugar is always adorned with the official Mardi Gras colors - gold (for power), green (for faith), and purple (for justice) - and contains a tiny plastic baby. The baby has replaced the coin used in medieval times. The person who gets the slice with the baby must host the next party or buy the next cake. At some parties, the person who gets the plastic baby gets crowned king or queen. This opens up endless party possibilities, and the ritual is a popular custom in family groups, offices, schools and Mardi Gras organizations. One of the carnival organizations in past days actually chose their king and queen of Mardi Gras based on who found the bean in the King Cake. Today you will find a king cake at almost every Mardi Gras celebration. Traditionally the cake is a gift shared by friends and family, and eaten between the Twelfth Night and Fat Tuesday, but you will see the king cake begin to appear during Christmas. In saucepan, combine milk, sugar, salt and shortening. Scald and cool tolukewarm. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk mixture, eggs, lemon rind, nutmeg and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Add remaining flour slowly. Transfer to floured board; knead 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in greased bowl, turn once, and cover with a damp cloth. Allow dough to rise in warm place free from drafts for 90 minutes to 2 hours. When the dough is double in bulk, punch down and knead for 5 minutes. Divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a strip 28-30 inches long. Braid strips and shape the braid into an oval on a greased baking sheet. Secure ends. Carefully insert doll into dough. Cover and let dough rise until double in bulk; about 1 hour. Bake the King Cake at 375F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Watch carefully. Cool cake completely; frost with Lemon Glaze, and sprinkle with alternating stripes of purple, gold and green sugars. LEMON GLAZE 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons water Yellow food coloring In bowl, combine sugar, lemon juice, water and tint with food coloring; blend well. Per serving: 370 Calories; 21g Fat (51% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 38g Carbohydrate; 35mg Cholesterol; 215mg Sodium Recipe by: 09 Posted to MasterCook Digest V1 #207 by chefmad
View line-by-line Nutrition Insights™: Discover which ingredients contribute the calories/sodium/etc.
|Serving Size: 1 Serving (222g)|
|Recipe Makes: 16|
|Calories from Fat: 179 (23%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 19.9g||27 %|
|Saturated Fat 7g||35 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 7.7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.1g|
|Cholesterol 205.6mg||63 %|
|Sodium 69.9mg||2 %|
|Potassium 230.2mg||6 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 120.9g||36 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.7g||15 %|
|Sugars, other 117.2g|
|Protein 23g||33 %|
Powered by: USDA Nutrition Database
Disclaimer: Nutrition facts are derived from linked ingredients (shown at left in colored bullets) and may or may not be complete. Always consult a licensed nutritionist or doctor if you have a nutrition-related medical condition.
Calories per serving: 763
Get detailed nutrition information, including item-by-item nutrition insights, so you can see where the calories, carbs, fat, sodium and more come from.
What would you serve with this? Link in another recipe.