Homemade King Cake with Bananas Foster Praline Filling

Finished King Cake

Dough

2 (¼ oz.) packets dry active yeast

½ cup of warm water (110 to 115 degrees)

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup butter, melted

½ cup of warm milk (110 to 115 degrees)

2 eggs yolks

1 ¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. lemon zest

½ tsp. fresh grated nutmeg

3 to 3 ¾ cups all purpose flour

½ cup of light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 egg, beaten

 

Bananas Foster Filling:

3 medium ripe bananas

½ cup of bourbon or whiskey

1 tbsp. AP flour

½ cup of prepared caramel (see recipe here)

¼ cup condensed milk

1 cup chopped pecans

 

Glaze:

2 to 2 ¼ cups confectioners sugar

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. milk

2 tsp. water

dash of salt

 

*optional cream cheese filling:

8oz. cream cheese, room temperature

2 cups of confectioners sugar

2 egg whites, room temperature

4 tbsp. butter, melted

 

Mardi Gras Sprinkle Mix for decoration, optional

Directions

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Using hand and stand mixer, add sugar, butter, milk, egg yolks, salt, lemon peel, nutmeg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

While dough is resting, make your filling. Cut up bananas into ½ inch cubes. In a large skillet cook bananas on medium heat until they began to soften. Turn heat down to low-medium heat. Remove pan from heat and add your bourbon or whiskey. Flambé bananas by lighting liquor on fire. Continue to cook until flame has extinguished. Whisk in flour. Cook until sauce begins to thicken.  Add the prepared caramel and milk. Lightly stir together until caramel is incorporated and smooth. Allow filling to simmer for approximately 5 minutes until it tightens. Turn off heat and fold in pecans. Allow filling to completely cool. Set aside.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 16-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Combine cinnamon and brown sugar; sprinkle over dough over all of dough. Do not leave a border. Fold dough in thirds lengthwise (like a letter). Roll out dough again into a 16 x 10 inch rectangle. Place filling on top of dough, leaving a ½ inch edge. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Brush with beaten egg.

Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. For glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, milk, salt and enough water to achieve desired consistency. (Glaze should be tacky glue consistency). Spread over cake. Sprinkle with Sprinkle Mix while glaze is still wet. Allow glaze to set. 

Devour and Enjoy!!

*for optional cream cheese filling: In a medium size bowl whisk together cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar and egg whites on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Set aside. Once cinnamon and brown sugar have been applied to dough and dough has been rolled out again into a 16 x10 inch rectangle, place cream cheese filling on top of dough. Smooth out cream cheese on top of dough evenly leaving a ½ inch border. Continue to roll up dough jelly-roll style. Continue remainder of directions above. 

 

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