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Traditional New Orleans King Cake - TastyPlanner.com
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2 1/4-ounce packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup warm 2% milk
2 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg beaten
1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons water
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1/2 cup sugar, butter, milk, egg yolks, salt, lemon peel, nutmeg, and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 16-inch x 10-inch rectangle. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2-inch of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Brush with egg.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. For glaze, combine the confectioners sugar, lemon juice, and enough water to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cake. Sprinkle with colored sugars.