Mardi Gras King Cake, a traditional cake baked with a hidden doll or coin.
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water, about 105 to 115 degrees
- 2 tablespoons milk, scalded and cooled
- 4 to 5 cups flour
- 8 ounces butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons melted butter
- very small plastic doll, a large bean, or coin
- light corn syrup for topping
- granulated sugar colored with food coloring pastes: green, purple, and yellow
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk and about 1/2 cup of flour. In a large bowl, blend butter, sugar, salt and eggs. Add yeast mixture and mix thoroughly. Gradually, add 2 1/2 cups flour to make a medium dough.
Place in a greased bowl and brush with melted butter. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until double in volume, about 3 hours. Use 1 cup or more flour to knead dough and roll into a 4 to 5 foot long rope. Form into a oval on a 14 x 17″ greased baking sheet, connecting ends of the rope with a few drops of water to make a good seal.
Press the doll, bean, or coin into the dough from bottom. Cover dough ring with a damp cloth and let rise until double in volume, about 1 hour. Bake at 325° for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Brush top of cake with corn syrup and sprinkle with alternating bands of colored sugar. If desired, freeze cake.