Posts Tagged ‘Mardi Gras Recipe’

Tasteful Tuesday: Three Fat Tuesday Recipes

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Cheers to Mardi Gras! We’re celebrating here on the blog with a roundup of three Fat Tuesday recipes – click on each heading below for ingredients and instructions!

Paczki–> Paczki Recipe

Paczki, or Polish doughnut, is a traditional treat made especially for Mardi Gras. We have found an authentic yet easier recipe that you can whip up throughout the year, and are most likely to have all the ingredients for.

–> King [Bundt] Cake

Brown Eyed Baker has a delicious Bundt Cake recipe honoring the classic King Cake.

–> King Cake

Of course, the infamous Mardi Gras Cake – will you hide anything in yours?

King Cake - Eric Wagner/Flickr

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King Cake Recipes (and a little history)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

This week’s recipe post is in celebration of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday – which just so happens to be today! We’re featuring three recipes for King Cake, a dessert served throughout the Christmas season in honor of the three kings. More specifically, this dessert is served during “king cake season,” extending from The Twelfth Night (January 5th) to the day before Lent begins, or Fat Tuesday.

This cake-making tradition was brought to New Orleans from France, and was enhanced by decorating the cake in the official Mardi Gras colors (which originated in Christianity): purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. Throughout history, a bean was baked inside of the cake as a token of good luck to the person who found it. More commonly now, a Jesus figuring or porcelain figure is baked into the cake as the lucky prize. The one who finds it becomes king (or queen) of the feast, and next year’s celebration falls into their hands.

King Cake - Eric Wagner/Flickr

Eric Wagner/Flickr

So no matter how big your celebration, or whether you choose to include the figurine or not, bake a King Cake and enjoy it with your friends.

Recipes:

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(Fat) Tuesday Recipe: Paczki

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

We can come up with any excuse to eat pastries and doughnuts, but celebrating Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is probably one of the best. Paczki, or Polish doughnut, is a traditional treat made especially for Mardi Gras, and we have have searched for an authentic yet easier recipe that you can whip up throughout the year, and are most likely to have all the ingredients for.

This paczki is from Jenny Can Cook, where you will also find a recipe for a custard filling; you can use almost any smooth jam or alternative custard for filling yours, or you can opt to skip the filling step; either way you will end up with sweet Paczki to serve right away for Mardi Gras or any other occasion.

Paczki

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast (can be instant or regular)
  • 2/3 cup milk warmed to 120°F for instant yeast, 110°F for regular yeast
  • 3 tablespoons canola or extra light olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup extra flour
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar for coating
  • 1 cup thick jam, custard or filling of choice, if desired

Directions:

  1. Place flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl.
  2. Stir in warm milk, followed by oil, egg yolks and vanilla.
  3. With electric mixer, beat for 2 minutes on high speed.
  4. Stir in enough flour until dough holds together, place on a floured surface and knead for 50 turns. Cover with plastic and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut circles using a 2 1/2 inch round cutter dipped in flour. Re-roll scraps and repeat.
  6. Cranberry Peach JamPlace mounds on baking sheet, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°F. When paczki are puffy (will be less than double original size), bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
  8. Meanwhile, melt butter and place 1/3 cup sugar in a plastic bag. Remove baked paczki immediately from pan to a plate or laid out wax paper. Brush each one while warm with melted butter and roll in bag to coat with sugar, shaking off excess.
  9. If desired, fill using a pastry bag with a long, slender tip by pushing into the side of each paczki. Serve immediately.

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