King Cake Recipe?
Mardi Gras is months away, but no time like the present!
I need an authentic recipe for King Cake, as they're made throughout Southern Louisiana (Cajun Country to New Orleans).
The ones I remember (and loved) have a dough that's a lot like cinnamon roll dough, are somehow filled with thickened fruit sauces like lemon and raspberry (and also cream cheese), and topped with colored granulated sugars (purple, yellow, and green) and simple white (confectioners sugar) frosting. The dough's were braided, like this picture, but I distinctly remember those braids being filled (either the braids themselves or in-between) with fruit sauce (and/or cream cheese).
I've seen them baked and deep fried (like giant donuts). I'm almost certain I'm looking for the baked variety.
I've come across a lot of recipes (both here (Floyd posted one that's close to what I'm looking for) and elsewhere), but can't seem to find anything like the one's I described above. Filled and braided is essentially what I'm looking for.
Most recipes seem to produce giant, oval-shaped, frosted cinnamon rolls that are not filled.
Does anyone have a recipe for the authentic filled version? Or at least like one I describe above, like these: