Apple Filled King Cake
Blue Ribbon Recipe
Two of our favorite things about Mardi Gras are beads and King Cake. Using frozen bread dough takes the stress and time out of making homemade dough. Once baked, the bread is very soft. The warm cinnamon apple pie filling is drool-worthy. A must-make for Mardi Gras. Try some of the other combinations Donna suggests... they sound amazing! The Test Kitchen
1loaf frozen bread dough (or your own homemade bread dough)
1 stickbutter, melted or very soft
1 can(s)apple pie filling
1 cpowdered sugar
·few drops milk or water
·colored sugars; purple, green, yellow
How to Make Apple Filled King Cake
- Spray the top of bread lightly with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap for about 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size. I put a butter or Cool Whip tub to keep the hole open while it rises, otherwise, it will completely close up while it's baking. (You can skip the rising step if you're in a hurry, but the King Cake won't get as light and fluffy.)
- *NOTES: For unfilled King Cakes, some bakeries braid their bread dough or make two long ropes and twist the two together then form a circle or oval before baking. You can cut the bread dough into two or three long strips, then spread with cinnamon sugar before rolling, twisting, or braiding if desired.
- FILLED KING CAKES: Instead of, or in addition to, the cinnamon sugar, spread one of these fillings over the plain bread dough and roll-up. Bake as shown above.
Cream Cheese Filled:
2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Combine with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Spread down the long edge of plain bread dough and roll-up. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above.
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
8 oz. unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
7 Tbsp heavy cream
Cream all ingredients together and spread along the long edge and roll up from the filled edge. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above.
1 (16 oz) can of Apple, Cherry, Peach, Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry, or Blueberry Pie Filling
1 tsp vanilla (Apple, Cherry, Peach)
1 tsp cinnamon (Apple, Cherry, Peach)
1/2 cup sugar (Cherry)
1 Tablespoons cornstarch (Cherry)
Spread filling down the long edge of bread dough and roll up from fruit filling side. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above.