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Kings Cake

Makes: 12 to 16 servings
Prep 40 mins Rise 2 hrs 30 mins Bake 350°F 25 mins
Kings Cake
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 - 4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  package  active dry yeast
  • 1/2  cup  milk
  • 1/3  cup  sugar
  • 1/4  cup  butter or margarine
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 3  eggs
  • 1/2  cup  diced candied citron
  • 1  pecan half
  • 1  cup  sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
  •  Milk
  •  Green-and yellow-colored sugar
Directions

1. In a large mixer bowl combine 1-1/2 cups of the flour and yeast. In a saucepan heat milk, sugar, butter or margarine, and salt until warm (115 degree F to 120 degree F) and butter or margarine is almost melted, stirring constantly.

2. Add heated mixture to flour mixture. Add eggs, Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl. Beat 3 minutes on high speed. Stir in citron. Using a spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total).

4. Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl. Turn once to grease surface. Cover. Let rise in a warm place until double (1-1/2 to 2 hours). Punch dough down. Cover. Let rest 10 minutes.

5. Press the pecan into the dough. Shape dough into a 30-inch-long roll. Join ends to form a ring about 10 inches in diameter. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until almost double (about 1 hour).

6. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. If necessary, cover loosely with foil after 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning. Cool on a rack.

7. In a small bowl beat together powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) to make a thin frosting. Spoon the frosting over cooled cake. Sprinkle the colored sugar in 2-inch rows, spoke fashion, alternating colors around the top of the cake. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts (Kings Cake)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 137,
  • Fat, total (g) 3,
  • chol. (mg) 32,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 24,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 146,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 83,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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