I've always wanted to make a King Cake for Mardi Gras, but never got around to it. This year, I had a party to go to and decided to make it! I love the Publix King Cakes, this is similar with a very moist coffee cake sort of taste and texture.
Dough. This is a Bread machine recipe (I used the recipe for cinnamon rolls and added ½ tsp cinnamon and substituted butter for oil)
1 egg at room temperature, plus enough warm water to equal 3/4 cup
3 Tbsp Oil (I substituted 3 Tbsp melted butter)
1 tsp lemon juice
2 1/2 cups bread flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon water
Follow the bread machine instructions for making dough.
To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.
Roll dough out into large rectangle (approximately 10x16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 15- 30 minutes until golden brown. Push the doll into the bottom of the cake. Frost while warm with the frosting..
If you don’t have a bread machine, I’d use this recipe: allrecipes.com/recipe/mardi-gras-king-cake/