In the South today is Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday”. The day when you enjoy all the decandence in life with none of the guilt.

I woke up this morning and decided to make a King Cake. The first one in DECADES!! I just had a feeling I needed to make one.

I used a recipe from David Haydel that I have had forever and have no idea where I got it. The dough is his:

For the King Cake:

    1 cup milk (at room temperature)
    1 tsp. flavor (lemon, orange, vanilla, or butter)
    4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
    1/3 cup granulated sugar
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 cup all-purpose shortening
    2 large eggs, beaten
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    Vegetable oil
    Cinnamon sugar
    12 tbsp. granulated sugar
    Purple, green, and yellow food-coloring

Put the milk in a small bowl and add the flavoring. Dissolve the yeast in the milk
and set aside for a few minutes until foamy. In a large bowl, cream well togeth-
er the sugar, salt, and shortening. Add the beaten eggs and continue creaming. Blend
in the yeast mixture and add the flour slowly, kneading constantly until the
dough is smooth and pliable, about 10 minutes. Allow the dough to rise in a
warm place for about an hour and a half or until double in size.

Roll the dough out in a rectangular shape-and brush the surface with vegeta-
ble oil. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. Seal in the sugar by folding the
dough in half lengthwise. Cut the dough into three even strips, sealing the edges,
and then braid the strips together. Form the braided dough into a circle and let it
rise until double in size. Preheat the oven to 370 degrees and mix the purple, green,
and yellow food-coloring pastes with 4 tablespoons of sugar each; put the colored
sugars on the cake just before it goes in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
An alternate choice is to frost the baked and cooled cake with white icing and then sprinkle on the colored sugars. Serves 10-15.

I filled half of the cake with a heavy handed cinnamon sugar mix.

And half with a pecan praline filling.

Pecan Praline Filling:

    I cup roasted, broken pecans
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp cinnamon
    pinch salt
    4 Tbl Cane Syrup

Mix all the ingredients and spread on the rectangle of dough.

We are now ready for a SUGAR HIGH!! Enjoy.

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