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Mardi Gras King Cake

1 pkg yeast
1/4 c warm water
6 ts milk, scalded and cooled
4 c flour (to 5 cups)
1/2 lb butter
3/4 c sugar
1/4 ts salt
4 eggs
2 ts melted butter
small plastic doll (or bean)
light corn syrup for topping
granulated sugar for topping - green, yellow, purple

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk and about 1/2 cup of flour.
In a large bowl, blend butter, sugar, salt and eggs. Add yeast
dough and mix thoroughly. Gradually, add 2 1/2 cups flour to make
a medium dough. Place in a greased bowl and brush with melted
butter. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until double in
volume, about 3 hours. Use 1 cup or more flour to knead dough and
roll into a 4 to 5 foot long rope. Form into a oval on a 14 x 17"
greased cookie sheet, connecting ends of the rope with a few drops
of water. Press the doll (or bean) into the dough from underneath.
Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in volume, about
1 hour. Bake @ 325 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly
browned. Brush top of cake with corn syrup and sprinkle with
alternating bands of colored sugar. Cake freezes well.

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