I love the week leading up to Mardi Gras…so many reasons to celebrate: Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day, Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, and King Cakes our some of my absolute favorites. A few years ago I tried my hand at making my own King Cake and I found it to be quite easy to master and so much better than anything store bought. So I planned ahead this year, since for me this is a weekend project, and made to take into work and share with my coworkers.
Here’s a photo recap of the process:
Dough made and after the 1st knead, ready for the 1 hour rise
After the dough has doubled
Kneaded a bit more, cut into thirds, and rolled into 24in long strips
Braided and ready for the 2nd rise
Baked and cooling – gorgeous, you wouldn’t believe how good this made the house smell.
Coated with glaze (made a cream cheese frosting)
Sprinkled with sugars
Packaged up for delivery…this was very satisfying to make and produced a sweet, tender, almost flakey dough.