King CakeFrom dragonflylady13 9 years ago
- 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour shopping list
- 1 cup sugar shopping list
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt shopping list
- 2 envelopes RapidRise yeast shopping list
- 3/4 cup milk shopping list
- 1/2 cup water shopping list
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine shopping list
- 2 large eggs shopping list
- 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine shopping list
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon shopping list
- powdered sugar glaze (recipe follows) shopping list
- Colored sugars (recipe follows) shopping list
How to make it
- In large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, salt and undissolved yeast. Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F). Add to dry ingredients and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer. 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 28×4-inch rectangle. Brush melted butter over each rectangle; sprinkle evenly with remaining 3/4 cup sugar and ground 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 to 30 minutes or until done. Remove from baking sheet; let cool on wire rack. Brush with Powdered Sugar Glaze; sprinkle with Colored Sugars.
- Powdered Sugar Glaze
- In medium bowl, combine 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted; and 2 to 3 tablespoons milk. Stir until smooth.
- Colored Sugars
- Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 8 drops of green food coloring in a covered jar or resealable plastic bag. Shake vigorously to evenly mix color with sugar. Repeat procedure with 1/2 cup sugar and yellow food coloring. For purple, combine 8 drops blue and 16 drops red food coloring before adding to 1/2 cup sugar.