Have you ever imagined yourself parading down Bourbon Street with a Hurricane in hand on Fat Tuesday with 800 bajillion of your closest and most drunk friends waiting for beads to magically fly your way?
Me either. I have no idea what that must be like. Or at least I don’t remember. And there is no photo evidence. I think.
This Fat Tuesday celebrate Mardi Gras at home this year by making and enjoying this Big Easy Mardi Gras King Cake.
Big Easy Mardi Gras King Cake
In the bread machine on dough setting place:
1 cup warm milk
¼ cup butter
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
3 ½ cups flour
2 ¼ tsp yeast
Once done, punch down and roll into large rectangle. Brush with ¼ cup melted butter and sprinkle on a mix of ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup flour and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon. Roll up from one side. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, twist dough around a large ramekin into a circle, cinching ends together. Let proof for 1 hour.
Remove ramekin and bake in 350˚ oven for 30-35 minutes (’til hollow sounding when tapped). Let cool.
Make frosting by mixing 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 Tablespoon water and ½ tsp vanilla. Separate into thirds and color each section: one purple, one green, one yellow. Drizzle over king cake in alternating colors. Tradition says to put a small plastic baby in the underside of the cake once its out of the oven and whoever finds it is king for the day. The babies are freaky looking and therefore I skip this part. Seriously. Who decides to stick a baby in a cake? Obviously someone who has had one too many hurricanes.