Celebrate Mardi Gras with Entergy's King's Cake
Celebrate Mardi Gras by making Entergy's King's Cake!
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- 1 package yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 6 tablespoons milk, scalded and cooled
- 4 cups sifted flour
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk and enough flour, about 1/2 cup, to make a soft dough. In another bowl, combine sugar, salt and eggs with the electric mixer. Remove from mixer and add soft ball of yeast dough. Mix thoroughly. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour to make a medium dough that is neither too soft nor too stiff. Please in a greased bowl and brush top of dough with butter. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside to rise until doubled in bulk, about 3 hours. Use remaining 1 cup flour to knead dough into an oval shape. The Center should be about 7 x 12 inches. Connect ends of dough by dampening with water. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. (A bean or one-inch plastic baby doll may be placed in cake if desired).
Bake in 325°F oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Decorate by brushing top of cake with corn syrup and alternating 3-inch bands of purple, green and gold colored granulated sugar. (To color sugar, add a few drops of food color to sugar, and shake in tightly covered jar until desired color is achieved.)
Enjoy! For more recipes from Entergy, check out From Woodstoves to Microwaves: Cooking with Entergy.