Today, we play; tomorrow, we fast. (Scroll down for recipe or keep reading for history. 😉)
If you’re Catholic, things are going to get mighty serious starting tomorrow so, today we’ll relax a bit. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of lent. Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. We will give up something during that time and use it to prepare ourselves for Easter and reflecting on Jesus and his suffering, sacrifice, life, death and resurrection.
Why the King Cake? “A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It’s decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which signifies “Justice,” GREEN for “Faith,” and GOLD for “Power.” These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany. In the past such things as coins, beans, pecans, or peas were also hidden in each King Cake.
Today, a tiny plastic baby is the common prize. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person looks to see if their piece contains the “baby.” If so, then that person is named “King” for a day and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake.” (From randazzokingcake.com)
Here’s the recipe!
King Cake Crescent Ring
1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) cream cheese, softened
1⅓ cups (325 mL) powdered sugar, divided
1½ tbsp (22 mL) granulated sugar
2 tsp (10 mL) cinnamon
2 medium Granny Smith apples
2 pkg (8 oz/235 g each) refrigerated crescent rolls
¼ cup (50 mL) pecan halves, chopped
4-5 tsp (20-25 mL) milk
Purple, yellow, and green colored sugar for decorating
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). In a Batter Bowl, combine the cream cheese and ⅓ cup (75 mL) of the powdered sugar until well blended. Add the egg and whisk until smooth.
In a large Bowl, combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Peel, core and slice the apples. Cut the apple rings in half and toss them with the sugar mixture in a mixing bowl.
Unroll the crescent dough; separate it into 16 triangles. Arrange the triangles in a circle on the Large Round Stone, with the wide ends overlapping in the center and points toward the outside. (Points will extend off the edge of the stone.) Roll the wide ends of the dough toward the center to create a 5″ (13-cm) round opening in the center of the stone.
Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over the dough in a continuous circle. Spread the apple slices evenly over the cream cheese mixture. Pour the remaining cream cheese mixture over the apples and sprinkle them with the pecans.
Bring the points of the triangles up over the filling and tuck the tips under the dough at the center to form a ring. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, mix the remaining 1 cup (250 mL) of powdered sugar with the milk; whisk the glaze mixture until it’s just thin enough to drizzle.
Remove the ring from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle the ring with glaze and sprinkle each wedge with alternating purple, yellow, and green sugar. Cut the cake into 16 slices.
“And I commend joy, for man has no good thing under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 8:15