Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Home Made is Best ~~King Cake

The traditional King Cake is baked this time of year has history attached...read about it here at MARDI GRAS DIGEST. It may shock you!
Just like our other holidays with pagan roots, which the Catholic Church repurposed to pull people away from the darkness of pagan practices and toward the light of Christ. This one is for the Magi and the feast of Epiphany.

Anyway, this is a yummy coffee cake...It is in all the grocery stores right now because it's Mardi Gras season. I am making one today, and will post pictures in the next post.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
This is actually a yeast bread coffee cake recipe, It's makes the best King Cake recipe I have found!
1 c. sour cream
2 packages yeast
½ c. sugar
½ c. warm water
½ c. butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. Salt
4 c. flour
In a saucepan, combine sour cream, sugar, butter & salt. Cook over med-low heat, stirring for 5-10 mins, or well blended. Cool to room temp. In a mixer bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the sour cream mixture and eggs; mix well. Gradually stir in flour. Knead until smooth. Adding a spoonful or two of flour if too sticky. When smooth and elastic place dough into a large oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow dough to rise until double in size.
When risen, punch dough down, and dump out onto a well floured surface. Roll dough out into a long rectangle appx. 8 inches in width. Spoon filling down the center length of the rectangle.
Place oval on parchment lined & greased baking sheet, allow to rise till double, covered with plastic wrap so as not to dry out. When doubled in size, Brush top evenly with egg wash. Bake in a preheated 370° oven for appx. 30 mins. Will be golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Cover with the vanilla glaze, in three colors! Green, Purple, and Yellow.
*Hide a tiny plastic baby or dry kidney bean, inside from bottom. (Tradition)

Cream Cheese Filling:
2- 8oz. Packs cream cheese, softened
¾ c. sugar
1 egg
Pinch salt
Beat these together well.
Vanilla Glaze:
2 ½ c. powdered sugar
¼ c heavy cream or half & half
1 tsp. Vanilla
Green, purple and yellow food coloring. Traditional colors.
Mix ingredients together, and divide into 3 bowls adding drops of coloring to desired intensity. Spread over cooled King Cake in patches of color.

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