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« on: January 27, 2009 05:10:29 PM »

With Mardis Gras swiftly approaching (February 9 for those of you that don't know), my wife, PinkyK, asked me to cook up a King Cake. She's typically the reason why I dust off my Kitchenaide.

Anyway, just a little background on the King Cake or Kingscake. Not to get all religious, or anything, but the King Cake derives from the feast of the Epiphany (12th day of Christmas). For those of you that don't know what the feast of the Epiphany is, it is when the Three Wise Men or Kings came upon the baby Jesus in the Manger. Hence the name King Cake. The King Cake Season supposedly starts with the 12th day of Christmas, all the way through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday or Mardis Gras.

So, what is a King Cake? Essentially, it is a Brioche that is filled with pralines, and topped with a Sugar Icing and Colored Sugar Crystals. The sugar crystals are typically colored Green, Purple, and Gold.

Long story short, this was the first time that I have attempted a Brioche. I scratched my head over the recipe a couple of times, thinking that for a bread recipe, it called for an awful lot of butter. Once I consulted several other recipes for Brioche, I proceeded. Despite screwing up the bread recipe (somewhat), this is what I got. For those of you that are interested, here is the recipe that I used: http://www.nolacuisine.com/2007/01/06/king-cake-recipe/.

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009 05:11:21 PM »

i want a piece of that right now!

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2009 05:23:55 PM »

My favorite part of Mardi Gras is eating King Cake.

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2009 05:28:55 PM »

That's pretty. I like the colored sugar! I have never heard of a King's Cake and actually don't know too much about Mardi Gras (I'm Canadian) but surely having some celebration involving a cake with praline and colored sugar is a good idea!
I'd be interested in trying this...reminds me of monkey bread kind of!

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2009 05:34:06 PM »

In Mexico we celebrate the 3 "kings day" on January 6th and we cut this same cake but it has to have at least one baby Jesus plastic doll inside.   Whomever get's the doll will have to throw a party February 15th...  I'm not exactly sure why but it's called the day of Calendaria.      Grin Wink


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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2009 05:46:03 PM »

That looks tasty (and colorful!)!

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009 06:01:35 PM »

King cake is the best part of Mardi Gras... at work we have king cake fridays during the Mardi Gras season... Did you put a baby in the cake?... I might have to try this if I get the baby in the next couple of weeks  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009 06:09:42 PM »

At first I thought it was a bundt cake, but after looking carefully, I can see that it is bread (sort of).  It's an interesting concept.

I might have to try this.  It looks yummy.

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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009 06:12:45 PM »

My dad worked with a fellow from NOLA several years back and he had a King Cake shipped up from family.  I'm sure that whoever got the baby didn't do the next one, since we're in MN and don't have them around here, but I was fascinated with the concept.

I may have to introduce a new tradition around here!

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009 06:50:12 PM »

ooooh yum! I grew up eating King Cake, since my family on both sides is Cajun, but I havnen't had any for a LONG time because I live in Ohio now and there's not much Cajun culture. Sad

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