The cake starts with a dough that bakes into a moist, sweet brioche and ends with you decorating your masterpiece with purple, yellow and green. (Mardi Gras colors of course!) You're supposed to put a little plastic baby inside, but if you don't I promise I won't tell.
To make the cake you'll need:
1/3 cup of warm water
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 sticks of butter (room temp)
2 tbsp melted butter (to brush on top of the dough)
1. Place cake mix and yeast in a bowl. Use a dough hook or some type of dough attachment on your mixer.
2. Add 1/3 cup of WARM water and 1 1/2 sticks of room temp butter. Mix well.
3. Add 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks. Mix well. Knead the dough until it pulls away from the sides of teh bowl. Scrape the dough from the sides of the bowl once and continue kneading.
4. Cover with plastic wrap and set bowl of dough in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Now comes the hard part, shaping the dough:
1. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead the dough (adding flour when necessary because it's sticky) until it is soft and smooth. Flour rolling pin and work the surface. Roll the dough into a 15" x 22" rectangle.
2. Brush the melted butter over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle praline sugar over dough. If you want to add a filling you can now. Starting at the long end (the 22" end) roll the dough into a jellyroll shape. Pinch ends closed to seal.
3. Place on cookie sheet and bring two ends together to form an oval or circle.
4. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise for about 30 minutes until doubled in size. (If you put your oven on its lowest setting for 3 minutes it works great.)
Now it's time to bake!
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
2. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
3. Let it cool.
I'm thinking of making one this weekend. Check back soon to hear about my cooking adventures, and see how I well I did (or didn't do)!