king cake, lemon glaze, Mardi Gras, sourdough
Servings: 2king cakes
116 ozcontainer sour cream
3/4cupactive sourdough starter
5 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
1 1/2teaspoonsground cinnamon
2 to 4tablespoonsmilk
Put the butter, the sour cream, the sugar, and the salt into a skillet and heat over medium heat, stirring often, until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and toss in the two ice cubes. Stir, and let the mixture cool to 100 to 105 F. (The ice cubes are partly there to help cool the butter mixture, and partly to add just a little more moisture to the cake. When I converted the recipe, the program said I needed .07 cups of water. Right. Let's use two ice cubes instead.)
Put the starter into your mixer, fitted with a dough hook. Break in the two eggs. Start the mixer. Add two cups of flour, and then the cooled butter/sour cream mixture. Once this mixes together, add about 3 more cups of flour, one cup at a time. You want a soft, pliable dough. Let the mixer knead it about 2 minutes.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead another 10 minutes or so. You may add some more of the flour if needed. You want a soft dough, pliable, and smooth.
Form the dough into a ball, put into an oil ed bowl, turn the dough to cover it with oil, then cover the dough and let rise until doubled. How long this will take will depend on your starter and the temperature of the area where the dough will be rising.
Mix together 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. Set aside.
Once the dough has doubled, punch down the dough and divide it in half. Put one half onto a lightly floured work surface and roll it out until it's about 28" by 10".
Spread 1/2 of the reserved butter on the rectangle of dough. Cover that with 1/2 of the saved cinnamon-sugar mix.
Put the plastic baby, the large dried bead, or even a plastic coin onto the rectangle of dough. Roll the 28" side like a jelly roll. Form into a ring, making sure the edge is down, and around the center of the roll - you don't want the seam to show. Moisten and pinch the edges to seal them. Repeat with the other dough.
Cover the king cakes and allow to rise until doubled in volume in a warm place. Then bake 15 to 20 minutes in a 375 F oven until the cake is golden.
In small glass bowl whisk together confectioners' sugar, milk and lemon extract. Drizzle mixture over warm cakes.