King Cake

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This a sweet bread that is made during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It has a cream cheese filling and a simple glaze. A tiny plastic baby baked into the bread and will bring good luck to whoever finds it.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 ring shaped loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 5 egg yolks

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1 tablespoon multicolored candy sprinkles

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and white sugar in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir the egg yolks and melted butter into the milk mixture. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, nutmeg and lemon zest. Beat the flour mixture into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  3. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Mix well. In another small bowl, combine the remaining 2 cups confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix well and set aside.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough out into a 6x30 inch rectangle. Spread the cream cheese filling across the center of the dough. Bring the two long edges together and seal completely. Using your hands shape the dough into a long cylinder and place on a greased baking sheet, seam-side down. Shape the dough into a ring press the baby into the ring from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough. Place a well-greased 2 pound metal coffee can the center of the ring to maintain the shape during baking. Cover the ring with a towel and place in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove the coffee can and allow the bread to cool. Drizzle cooled cake with lemon/sugar glaze and decorate with candy sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

462 Calories
17g Fat
70g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 462
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 512mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 146mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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