Culinary Insitute of New Orleans

King Cake

5-6 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 pks. Yeast
2/3 cup Warm Water (105-115 degrees)
1/2 cup Sugar
1-1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Fresh Nutmeg, grated
1/4 cup Butter or Margarine
2 Eggs
Cooking Oil

Filling and Glaze:
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
2/3 cup Pecans, chopped
1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Raisins
2 tbsp. Cinnamon, ground
1/2 cup Butter or Margarine, melted
1 cup Confectioners' Sugar

Filling: Mix all dry ingtedients except confectioners' sugar. Pour melted butter over this and mix until crumbly.

Dough: Scald milk, remove from heat and put the butter into the milk to soften, allow to cool. Sprinkle yeast over warm water to which a tbsp. of suagr has been added. Rince a large mixing bowl under very warm water and dry. When yeast mixture is bubbling, pour into large bowl and add milk, testing that it has cooled and is slightly warm to skin of arm. Add 2 eggs and whisk until frothy. Add 1 or 2 cups of flour, suag, salt and nutmeg. Beat well until all ingredients are blended and elastic. Add another cup of flour and beat. When mixture becomes thick and leaves sides of bowl, turn out onto floured board or coutner top. Knead dough and add remaining flour, sprinkling on surface used for kneading. Knead until smooth --- approximately 10 minutes. Grease another large bowl with cooking oil. Put dough into bowl then turn over dough so oiled surface is up. Cover with damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Place in a warm place until dough has doubled in size --- about 1-2 hours. When risen, punch down, divide dough in half on in four. Roll dough into rectangles. Sprinkle rectangles with filling. Roll up like a jelly roll, beginning at wide side. Seal ends well. Form into ovals on greased 4x9 inch cake pans or 2 large cookie sheets. With scissors, make cuts 1/3 of the way through the ring at 1-inch intervals. Let rise. Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Frost while warm with 1 cup confectioners' sugar blended with 1 or 2 tbsp. of water.

Decorate: with suagr dyed purple, green and gold with food coloring or just decorate cakes with pecans and cherries. A plastic doll or three dried beans may be put into filling before rolling up or they may be pushed into dough from bottom after baking. The person getting the doll has the next King Cake party.