Tuesday, February 20, 2007

WWC: It's Fat Tuesday!

Courtesy of Odd Mix, the words are View and Conceal.

It has become a tradition for Willi and I to enjoy Fat Tuesday with our own New Orleans style cooking. The celebration begins for us on Monday evening when we make King Cake to share with our co-workers Tuesday morning.

King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition and has a rich history dating back to the eighteenth century, coming from France and Spain along with the colonists.

The yeast dough is a sweet mixture of butter, sour cream, flour, and sugar. It is set aside to rise, punched down, and then rolled out.

Some of the recipes we have found call for a cheese or praline filling. Ours has a layer of butter with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top. The dough is then rolled in a jellyroll fashion.

Shaped like a wreath, the cake rises a second time before baking. Hidden from view, a trinket such as a coin, or in some cases a baby doll, is concealed inside the King Cake. The lucky person who finds the trinket is said to be the Queen or King of the party.

After the cake is cooled, a butter cream frosting is added in traditional Mardi Gras colors complete with sugar sprinkles.

Here is Southern Living magazine's recipe for King Cake. We like it the best.

Last night for dinner Willi made Jambalaya. I would post that delicious recipe, except in true Willi fashion he began with two recipes and didn't stick to either one of them! For lunch we have prepared a hearty Seafood Gumbo. On tap for tonight is Oyster Po' Boys with Crawfish Etouffee, Red Beans and Rice.

"Laissez le bon temps roulet" or Let the good times roll!

Tomorrow it's back to the treadmill.


Blogger mjd said...

What a glorious King Cake you have made for your co-workers. They are sure to be delighted. I am hunting for my small collection of Mardi Gras beads this morning. No matter, I can wear my cool crawdad earrings to celebrate the day. There will be no King Cake to share with my co-workers, but I do have some fortune cookies for my students for the Chinese New Year. Happy New Year and have a splendid Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.

6:09 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Sounds fantastic. Any chance of an air mail doggy bag ? :-)

6:44 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

It just looks delicious. And lots of fun!

8:38 AM  
Anonymous susan said...

I've heard of King Cake, but have never actually seen one. How fun to make one yourself with all those wonderful Mardi Gras colors!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

That is too cool. I can't wait until I have a kitchen to bake in again! What happens if someone chips a tooth on one of the "surprises" hidden inside? Is there a chance that stuff could melt in there?

3:32 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Gimme the crawfish, ou can have the rest, not that it doesn't look gr8, I just like to share :)

2:34 AM  
Blogger Tod said...

What an amazing looking cake! I would LOVE to work in your office!

1:39 PM  
Blogger debi said...

I mean it,I want to be your neighbor.

2:22 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

That cake looks yummy! As for the crawfish, to me, it's just bait.

3:35 PM  
Blogger daddy d said...

Nice colors on the King Cake. Looks like fun and good to eat at the same time.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...


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