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    Default King cake (as seen on 9am this morning)

    Did anyone see them make this this morning? It's like an oversized doughnut with cream cheese filling (yuuuuuuuum...)
    I missed the part where they prepared the dough (gee, babies are inconvenient ). Do you reckon I could make this without the mixer and dough hook? (I don't have one)
    King Cake
    Arianne Spratt 20/02/07

    2 envelopes active dry yeast
    1/2 cup sugar
    125gr unsalted butter, melted
    -1 (as needed to make a soft dough) cups warm milk
    5 large egg yolks, at room temperature
    4 cups plain flour
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    500gr cream cheese, at room temperature
    4 cups icing sugar
    1 ceramic or porcelain doll or a pecan half (or kidney bean)
    5 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
    3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    Purple, green and gold sugar sprinkles

    Combine the yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the melted butter and half of the warm milk. Beat at low speed for 1 minute. With the mixer running, add the egg yolks and then beat for 1 minute at medium-low speed.

    Add the flour, salt, nutmeg, and lemon zest and beat until everything is incorporated. Increase the speed to high and beat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, forms a ball, and starts to climb up the dough hook. Add enough milk to make a soft dough.

    Remove the dough from the bowl. Using your hands, form the dough into a smooth ball. Lightly oil a bowl with the vegetable oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it to oil all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

    Meanwhile, make the filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1 cup of the icing sugar. Blend by hand or with an electric mixer on low speed. Set aside.

    Line a baking sheet with baking paper.

    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Using your fingers, pat it out into a rectangle about 75cm long and 15cm wide.
    Spread the filling lengthwise over the bottom half of the dough, then flip the top half of the dough over the filling. Seal the edges, pinching the dough together. Shape the dough into a cylinder and place it on the prepared baking sheet seam side down. Shape the dough into a ring and pinch the ends together so there isn't a seam. Insert the king cake baby or pecan half into the ring from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough.

    Cover the ring with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm, draft-free place. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C.
    Brush the top of the risen cake with 2 tablespoons of the milk. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

    Make the icing. Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons milk, the lemon juice, and the remaining 3 cups icing sugar in medium-size mixing bowl. Stir to blend well. With a rubber spatula, spread the icing evenly over the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the sugar crystals, alternating colours around the cake.

    The cake is traditionally cut into 5cm-thick slices with all the guests in attendance.

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    kerry Guest


    This sounds justy like a Bee-sting cake. They sell them in Geelong, but you have to be there early or you miss out.

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