Tuesday, February 21, 2012

King Cake

Editor's note -- You can't have a Mardi Gras party 
without a King Cake adapted from
 Emeril Legasse's recipe. 
There's usually supposed to be 
a tiny plastic baby inside the cake 
but the Editor is not sure 
what Emeril would use instead. 

King Cake (adapted from Emeril Legasse)
for the cake
1/2 cup warm water
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup, plus two teaspoons granulated sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus some extra set aside
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
zest of one lemon
zest of one orange
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup melted butter
5 egg yolks
King cake baby
for the glaze and decoration
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
Purple, gold, and green sugar crystals

In a bowl, mix the yeast, warm water, and two teaspoons of sugar. Set aside some place warm for 15 minutes.
After the yeast mixture has sat for 15 minutes, combine in the the bowl of your mixer or in a large mixing bowl the flour, the remaining granulated sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, the lemon and orange zest, the milk, the butter, the egg yolks, and the yeast mixture. Mix until the ingredients are combined.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface. As you knead, work in a little bit more flour until the dough isn’t sticky (It shouldn’t take much). Knead until the dough is smooth, then transfer the dough to a well-greased bowl. Cover with a wet towel and set aside for 1.5 hours.
Return the dough to the floured work surface and punch it down. Then roll it into a long cylinder. On a greased cookie sheet, shape it into a ring, taking care to work the ends into one another to form a continuous ring. Place a large tomato can in the center of the ring, cover with the towel again and wait 40-45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
After the dough has risen, bake for about 30 minutes or until the cake is golden brown.
Cool for thirty minutes, then make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, and two tablespoons each of water and lemon juice. Mix well. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and then sprinkle with the sugar crystals.
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  1. Your cake sounds really good, Karen. You could make sure that my piece doesn't have the baby and e-mail it to me. Thanks.
    I hope your party was good. We stayed in and watched TV. ;)

    1. It's adapted from Emeril's cake. And it's always a pleasure to provoke a comment from you, too, Jim.


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