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     Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake

Category   Desserts - Breads
Sub Category   None
Servings   24

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
 
3 cups confectioners' sugar (Glaze)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (Glaze)
3 to 4 tablespoons water (Glaze)
Purple, green and gold colored sugar (Glaze)

Instructions
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.
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).


Originally Submitted
3/5/2011





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