As a lifelong New Orleanian, I don't hand out these 5 stars lightly. This is a seriously delicious king cake! The dough is very resilient and rich.
There's no one authentic recipe for king cake; people tend to get really creative. My personal taste is to not use nutmeg. Next time I try this recipe, I will probably not use a filling & braid the dough (actually filled king cakes only started showing up in the last 15 years or so). This time, since I have a bunch of Meyer lemons to use up, I made a lemon curd for the filling. It mostly was absorbed into the cake, which wasn't a bad thing at all.
BE WARNED: The start to finish time on this recipe is much longer than 2 hr., 45 min. That's really just the rising time and doesn't include assembly, kneading or baking. I'd say from start to finish, you should allow at least 3 1/2 hours.
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As a lifelong New Orleanian, I don't hand out these 5 stars lightly. This is a seriously...