Friday, December 4, 2015

3 Kings Cake: My Favorite King Cake Recipe

The day of the Epiphany is coming up in January. January 6th to be exact. It is 12 days after Christmas. In Poland it is known as Trzech Króli, or 3 Kings Day. Living in New Orleans, everyone around here talks about Mardi Gras. You can't go anywhere for 5 minutes without seeing something about Mardi Gras. We also have a mini-celebration on January 6th, although it is not as big as Poland's. During this time, everyone is bringing King Cakes to work, parties, and get togethers. You can't go a whole week without seeing or taking a bite out of King Cake until Mardi Gras is over. If you've never tried King Cake, then you need to make this recipe that I'm about to show you.

I want to share with you all my absolutely favorite recipe! I got this recipe from one of the pediatric doctors that I work for. It isn't a "traditional" king cake recipe because of the almond extract, but this ingredient makes it taste so much better!

photo credit: King Cake via photopin (license)

King Cake Recipe

Dough:                                                                Icing:
1/4 cup milk                                                        2 cups powder sugar
3 eggs, beaten                                                     3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla                                                        1 tsp almond extract
splash of almond extract
2 2/3 cup bread flour
5 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast
10 tbsp butter, melted
Cinnamon Sugar

In a bread maker put milk, eggs, vanilla, almond, flour, sugar, salt and yeast (in that order). Put on dough setting. When finished, roll dough out and spread melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Roll into a twist and place on pan with parchment paper. You can add water to the ends to get the dough to stick in an oval shape. Let rise for 30 minutes. (I usually put the dough in the oven on warm to rise.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool. Hide the baby underneath the cake.

Icing: Mix icing ingredients together and pour over cooled cake.

Optional: Sprinkle green, yellow and purple sprinkles over icing for that classic king cake look.

This picture was take 2 years ago! Can you believe it? It felt like it has gone by so fast and slow at the same time. It was so cold and rainy that day but we persevered for our beads and toys! Thank you Krewe of Rex!

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