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Baked King'S Cake

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The kings cake is a sugar and citron cake prepared with candied citron and flavored with vanilla. Made with a batter of flour, milk, eggs, the king's cake may be frosted after baking, if desired.
Ingredients
  All purpose flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 1⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)
  Milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Eggs 3
  Diced candied citron 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Pecans 1 , half
  Sifted powdered sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Vanilla 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar To Taste (Green And Yellow Colored)
Directions

In a large mixer bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and yeast.
In a saucepan heat milk, sugar, butter or margarine, and salt till warm (115° to 120°) and butter or margarine is almost melted, stirring constantly.
Add heated mixture to flour mixture.
Add eggs.
Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl.
Beat 3 minutes on high speed.
Stir in citron.
Using a spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total).
Shape into a ball.
Place in a greased bowl.
Turn once to grease surface.
Cover.
Let rise in a warm place till double (1/4 to 2 hours).
Punch dough down.
Cover.
Let rest 10 minutes.
Press the pecan into the dough.
Shape dough into a 30 inch long roll.
Join ends to form a ring about 10 inches in diameter.
Place on a greased baking sheet.
Cover and let rise till almost double (about 1 hour).
Bake in a 350° oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till golden.
If necessary, cover loosely with foil after 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning.
Cool on a rack.
In a small bowl beat together powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) to make a thin frosting.
Spoon the frosting over cooled cake.
Sprinkle the colored sugar in 2 inch rows, spoke fashion, alternating colors around the top of the cake.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Interest: 
Party

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