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Mardi Gras King Cake

1/2 C warm milk (100-115° F)
2 tbs yeast
1/2 C sugar, plus 2 tsp
3 1/2 - 4 C flour
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 C warm milk
5 egg yolks
1/2 C butter
2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg beaten with 1 tbs milk, for egg wash

3 C confectioner's sugar
1/4 C lemon juice
3-6 tbs water
additional sugar & food coloring for decoration
1 tiny 1" baby doll

Just put the ingredients in the machine, as per manufacturer instructions, set it to the dough setting. In the meantime, butter a large baking sheet and set aside. When dough has risen, remove and punch down. Sprinkle with cinnamon and form into a cylinder, then twist this cylinder into a circle. Pinch the ends together to complete the circle. Once again, cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375° F. Brush top and sides of cake with egg wash and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack completely before hiding baby doll inside or icing and decorating.

Mix sugar, lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of water until mixture is smooth, adding more water as necessary to achieve a smooth, spreadable consistency. Spread icing over cake and immediately sprinkle colored sugar in alternating color rows.
Recipe featured in Bread Daily on 02/08/02.