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Mardi Gras King Cake

 Mardi Gras King Cake
This frosted yeast bread is the highlight of our annual Mardi Gras party. If you want to hide a token inside, do so by cutting a small slit in the bottom of the baked cake…and remember to warn your guests! —Lisa Mouton, Orlando, Florida
24 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (12-1/2 ounces each) almond cake and pastry filling
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water
  • Purple, green and gold colored sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk,
  • shortening, sugar, salt, egg and 2 cups flour. Beat on medium speed
  • for 3 minutes. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to
  • form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

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Mardi Gras King Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in
  • half. Roll one portion into a 16-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Spread
  • almond filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style,
  • starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down
  • on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring.
  • Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cover and let rise until
  • doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
  • wire rack. For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and
  • enough water to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cooled
  • cakes. Sprinkle with colored sugars. Yield: 2 cakes (12 servings
  • each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 227 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 123 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.