Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

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Servings: 1


  • 1 c. lowfat milk
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 2 x (.25 oz) pkgs. active dry yeast
  • 2/3 c. hot water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 2 x Large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. grnd cinnamon
  • 2/3 c. minced pecans
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. melted butter
  • 1 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 x Scald lowfat milk, remove from heat and stir in 1/4 c. of butter. Allow mix


  1. To cold to room temperature. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the hot water with 1 Tbsp. of the white sugar. Let stand till creamy, about 10 min.
  2. 2 When yeast mix is bubbling, add in the cooled lowfat milk mix. Whisk in the Large eggs. Stir in the remaining white sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat the flour into the lowfat milk/egg mix 1 c. at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead till smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 min.
  3. 3 Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or possibly plastic wrap and let rise in a hot place till doubled in volume, about 2 hrs. When risen, punch down and divide dough in half.
  4. 4 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie sheets or possibly line with parchment paper.
  5. 5 To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, grnd cinnamon, minced pecans, 1/2 c. flour and 1/2 c. raisins. Pour 1/2 c. melted butter over the cinnamon mix and mix till crumbly.
  6. 6 Roll dough halves out into large rectangles (approximately 10 x 16 inches or possibly so). Sprinkle the filling proportionately over the dough and roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to create 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a hot spot till doubled in size, about 45 min.
  7. 7 Bake in preheated oven for 30 min. Push the doll into the bottom of the cake. Frost while hot with the confectioners' sugar blended with 1 to 2 Tbsp. of water.
  8. " The King Cake is a New Orleans tradition which involves a pastry, a small plastic baby, and a party. The King Cake is baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside, the person who gets the slice with baby in it has to host the next party. Make sure to buy a new small plastic baby so you can get the full effect from this cake! Sprinkle with purple, green and gold sugar, or possibly decorate with whole pecans and candied cherries. "


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