King Cake
 
http://www.breadworld.com/recipes 
 
holiday breads 
 
every year, thousands flock to new orleans for the annual madi gras 
celebration: days filled with parties, costumes and, most importantly, 
great food. if you can't make it to what some have called "the greatest 
free show on earth," you and your family can bake a slice of the fun at 
home by making this traditional mardi gras delicacy. 
 
makes one coffeecake 
 
4-3/4 cup  all-purpose flour
1 cup  sugar
1-1/2 tsp  salt
2   packages fleischmann's rapidrise yeast
3/4 cup  milk
1/2 cup  water
1/2 cup  butter or margarine
2 large  eggs
1/4 cup  melted butter or margarine
1 Tbsp  ground cinnamon
  powdered sugar glaze (recipe follows)
  colored sugars (recipe follows)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 (120o to
  130of 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 x 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 375of 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. 
 
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(ID: 4006) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Thu, Jan 13, 2005


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