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Mardi Gras King Cake



12 portion(s)

  • For the brioche:
  • orange peel from ½ orange
  • 100 g raw sugar
  • 250 g whole milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 30 ml (6 teaspoons) bourbon
  • 30 gfreshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons almond, extract
  • 500 g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoonsground nutmeg
  • 115 g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • For the filling:
  • 450 g pecans, toasted and cooled
  • 130 g Granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoonsground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoonsground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoonfine sea salt
  • 60 g unsalted butter, small dice
  • To assemble:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 teaspoons Milk
  • For the decoration:
  • 150 g sugar, milled to powder
  • 3 teaspoon bourbon
  • 5 teaspoonsfreshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoonssanding sugar
  • 6
    1h 10min
    Preparation 40min
  • 7
  • 8
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Recipe's preparation

  1. For the brioche:

    1. Put
      orange skin and sugar in bowl. Mill 10 sec at speed 8.
    2. Add the milk to the bowl, sprinkle the yeast on top.
    3. Add the salt to the milk mixture and mix on speed 1 to combine.
      Add the egg yolks, bourbon, orange juice, and almond extract. Add the flour and
      nutmeg mix at speed 5 until the dough is moistened throughout and starts to
      come together.
    4. Knead (interval speed) until the dough pulls away from the sides
      of the bowl, forms a ball, and is smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes.
    5. Continue to knead while adding the butter via the MC hole, piece
      by piece, letting each fully incorporate before adding the next. Leave the
      dough in the bowl. Let sit in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    6. When the dough has doubled in size, knead for 30 sec then drop
      from bowl into an oiled bowl or wrap in a Thermomat. Let rise until doubled in
      size again, about 1 hour. (Alternatively, you can place it in the refrigerator
      overnight to rise, about 12 to 16 hours. Be sure to let it sit at room
      temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before rolling.)

    For the

    1. Place the nuts in the bowl, pulse until coarsely chopped, about 3
      x 1 sec pulses. Add the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and butter and pulse
      until you have a coarse meal, about 2 more pulses.


    1. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and set aside. Roll the
      dough into a 70-by-20 cm rectangle. Leaving a 2 cm perimeter at the top and
      bottom (the short sides), spread the filling out along the whole length of the
    2. Whisk together the egg yolk and milk until evenly combined. Brush
      the exposed perimeter of the dough with the egg wash, fold the long sides of the
      dough over the filling to form a long cylinder, and pinch the edge to seal.
      Place the cake seam side down on the baking sheet, form into a ring, and pinch
      the ends of the dough together to form a circle with about a 7 cm hole in the
      middle. As needed, press on the circle so that the filling is evenly
      distributed within the dough.
    3. Cover the cake loosely with a damp towel and set aside to rise
      until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180°C and
      arrange a rack in the middle.
    4. Just before baking, brush the remaining egg wash on the surface of
      the cake. Place in the oven and bake until the cake has puffed up, the crust is
      golden, and the underside is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove to a wire
      rack and let cool at least 1 hour.

    For the

    1. Stir together the sugar, bourbon, and orange juice until evenly
      combined. Brush the cake with icing and immediately decorate with sanding



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