King Cake Love… It’s Valentine’s Day, so why not, right!?!?
For those of you wondering “what in thee world is KING CAKE” its a Louisiana thing. It’s a Mardi Gras thing! It’s goodness. Just like a big ‘ole Cinnamon roll.
For a full explanation & history here is a link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_cake
You can use any sweet dough recipe, you know one you would use for cinnamon rolls.
I make the dough in the Bread Machine on the dough setting.
12oz can of Milk
1/2 stick of softened butter
2 egg yolk
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp pure Vanilla
1 tsp salt
4 c flour
1 T yeast
Put all ingredients in the bread pan in this order, the Flour should always be 2nd to last and then the yeast. Make sure its set to the Dough setting & start. This should take about 1.5hrs. Sometimes I even preset it the night before, that way the dough is ready when I wake up.
Prep a cookie sheet for the king cake. I put foil over the pan and spray. Makes for easy clean up later.
On a clean surface with some flour, roll out 1/2 the dough. You want it to be long (not so wide) and skinny. Add 1/3 cup of Brown Sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon. Spread it around and then roll up, kinda like a cinnamon roll. I always press it together with the rolling pin again. And roll it up again, at this point you will want to use your hands to kinda help squeeze the dough together & stretch it longways a bit. It should look sort like a snake haha anyway’s set it in a half circle on your prepped pan. Repeat. Connect the dough & Let rise for 20mins while your oven is warming up to 375degrees. bake in the oven for 25-30 mins. Throw some ice in the bottom of your oven or put a small pan (like a loaf pan) of water on the bottom shelf (put the pan in when you start to heat the oven) this create steam while baking.
Let cool for a few hours, if not your frosting will melt. You can top with your favorite Icing & Sugar sprinkles. 🙂 ( I’ll post a frosting recipe soon, I have to get measurements for ya 1st haha)