Busy weekend! I spent most of Saturday ice fishing with my sister. Or rather, she fished while I tried to keep my feet warm in gale force winds by a fire… and we shall never speak of that again.
Today, however, was a different story!
John and I planned out our annual Mardi Gras dinner party. I tried my hand at making a king cake for the first time. It is a yeast dough bread with filling inside. The recipe I made gave us 2 cakes, so I did them differently. Here is the dough all rolled out and spread with filling.
One cake I did with a cream cheese and strawberry jam filling (which I made today) and the other was a pecan praline filling. This was then rolled up jelly roll style and made into a ring:
Then baked up!
Then the best part is the colored glaze to make it festive!
I couldn’t wait to try it!
We got out the beads for the party:
My mother provided the masks:
Rare sighting of my dad being silly:
On the menu for tonight- shrimp and crab etouffe! John made this. He rocks!
We also had some cajun chicken strips. Just breaded seasoned chicken cutlets, really. Plus green beans with a bit of bacon! (Everything is better with bacon, right?)
And some cornbread muffins, courtesy of my sister. Normally I don’t have a giant plate like this, but it was the one I ended up with, so the food is all spread out LOL!
After dinner it was game time!
Just a tiny bit of alcohol in some coffee
Then it was time for the awesome King Cake!
Very good! It is a yeast dough, so this was very much like a danish. I think it was pretty successful, although we have a lot of cake left over LOL! Definitely need to put a lot of this in the freezer.
Now, we are hunkered down for *another* winter storm. Heavy snow and blowing winds right now and up to a foot is expected by tomorrow morning. Eeek! Maybe I’ll have another piece of king cake!