Your Kids Will Love Celebrating Mardi Gras With A Traditional King Cake

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”)  is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.   The tradition of the King Cake came to New Orleans with the French settlers around 1870, continuing a custom dating back to twelfth century in France.

History of Mardi Gras King Cake

Hundreds of thousands of King Cakes are eaten during Mardi Gras each year in New Orleans, Louisiana. A Mardi Gras party would not be authentic without the traditional King Cake as the center of the party. The cake is made with a rich Danish dough, baked and covered with a sugar topping in Mardi Gras colors; purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power. A small plastic baby became the symbol of this Holy Day is placed inside of each King Cake. The New Orleans tradition is that each person takes a piece of cake hoping to find the plastic baby inside. The recipient of the plastic baby is crowned King or Queen for the day and that person host the following year’s party and supplies the King Cake.

As they say in New Orleans Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Which in plain English means, Let the good times roll!  Bake this Tradional King Cake for your family and enjoy a fun filled celebration and tradition for years to come.

TRADITIONAL KING CAKE

Cook: 10 min.; Stand: 5 min.; Rise: 1 hr., 30 min.; Bake: 16 min.

Ingredients

1  (16-ounce) container sour cream

1/4  cup  butter

1/3  cup  sugar

1  teaspoon  salt

2  (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast

1/2  cup  warm water

1  tablespoon  sugar

2  large eggs, lightly beaten

6  to 6 1/2 cups bread flour

1/3  cup  Softened butter

1/2  cup  sugar

1 1/2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon

Creamy Glaze*

Green, purple, and gold-tinted sparkling sugar sprinkles

Cook first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts.

Set aside, and cool mixture to 100° to 110°.

Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a 1-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until smooth. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add enough remaining flour (4 to 4 1/2 cups) until a soft dough forms.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.

Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until dough is doubled in bulk.

Punch down dough, and divide in half. Roll each portion into a 22- x 12-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup softened butter evenly on each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over butter on each rectangle.

Roll up each dough rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side. Place one dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bring ends of roll together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal. Repeat with second dough roll.

Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 20 to 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Bake at 375° for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden. Slightly cool cakes on pans on wire racks (about 10 minutes). Drizzle Creamy Glaze evenly over warm cakes; sprinkle with colored sugars, alternating colors and forming bands. Let cool completely.

Cream Cheese-Filled King Cake: Prepare each 22- x 12-inch dough rectangle as directed. Omit 1/3 cup softened butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Increase 1/2 cup sugar to 3/4 cup sugar. Beat 3/4 cup sugar; 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened; 1 large egg; and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on each dough rectangle, leaving 1-inch borders.

Creamy Glaze*

3  tablespoons  butter, melted

3  cups  powdered sugar

1/4  teaspoon  vanilla extract

2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice

2  to 4 tablespoons milk

Prepare

Stir together first 4 ingredients. Stir in 2 tablespoon milk, adding additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until spreading consistency.

Note:

This recipe uses bread flour, which makes for a light airy cake. You still get tasty results with all-purpose flour the cake will be more dense.

Photo Credit:  Southern Living

Celebrate Presidents Day With A Patriotic Parfait

Honor the Presidents of our country with a patriotic parfait.  Pick up strawberry jello, blueberry and cool whip at the grocery store. And celebrate the Presidents with your kids.  Have a prize for the kid that knows the most about our countries great leaders.

Prep Time:
10 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours

Ingredients

1  4-oz. package red, flavored instant gelatin (such as cherry or strawberry Jello)
40  blueberries
1 tub of cool whip

Make Jello as directed, chill for at least 4 hours.  Spoon 1/4 cup Jello into each glass. Then spoon in 1/4 cup cool whip over Jello and smooth tops. Slowly spoon 1/4 cup Jello over cool whip in each cup (you will use up Jello) and chill until firm, 2 hour.  Top with final layer of cool whip. Divide blueberries among parfaits and serve.

Photo Credit: Southern Living

Scandinavian Almond Cake A Holiday Tradition

This  popular cake is often prepared in a special almond cake pan.  Easy and delicious this American-Scandinavian tradition is perfect for get-together this holiday.

Scandinavian Almond Cake

Spray pan with Pam or Cooking Spray

Beat well:

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract

2/3 cups milk

Add together:

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Add:

1 stick melted margarine

Mix well.  Before pouring batter into the pan you may add sprinkled sliced almonds on the bottom. Bake at 350 for 40 to 60 minutes.  Edges must be golden brown.  Cool in pan before removing, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with confectionary sugar.

Photo Credit:  Lifse Time

A 1960′s Family Tradition Pancakes For Dinner Is Back

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Growing up in a family of 5 kids my Mother would announce occasionally, that we were having  pancakes for dinner.  I remember happily being thrilled about that dinner, as a kid Pancakes always were loved as something special.   With the Holidays rapidly approaching most house holds see their grocery budgets rise.  The colder temperatures, damp filled nights mixed with rain, and the anticipation of the Holidays in Mid November,  sets the Family Tradition of  having pancakes for dinner.  Pancakes for Dinner is a quick time-saving,  pantry basic, that has a big cost savings effect on the 2009 family budget!  From teens to toddlers, everyone gets excited when they have a fun-filled Pancake Dinner.  At KidsRecipes we did it with Net Etiquette by sending the kids an invitation using the new Bisquick fun and games page.

A special touch is serving real butter and real Maple Syrup the difference in goodness versus calories is part of a southern tradition. At kidsrecipes our house is filled with infants, toddlers, and a never-ending eating teen.  Pancakes got a roaring respond of Yea! The small kids loved the finished pancakes with their names on their plate.   With a four year old learning Alphabets everyday in pre-school the family had one of most fun dinners.  The best part is, the meal is a cost cutting saver.

Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie Your Family Will Love

Apple Pie

Ingredients

1 (9 inch) pie crusts, unbaked

FILLING

* 2 teaspoons lemon juice
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 5 cups apples, cored and sliced (about 5 small, Granny Smith apples work well)
* 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

TOPPING

* 3/4 cup flour
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/3 cup butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and set butter out so it will be at room temperature.
#Line 9″ pie pan with unbaked crust.
#Core and slice apples.
#Sprinkle the apples with the lemon juice.
#Mix in the sugar & cinnamon.
#Fill pie shell with apple mixture.
#In a small bowl, mix the topping’s flour, sugar and cinnamon.
#Rub the topping ingredients and butter together with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.
#Sprinkle topping over pie.
# Bake 10 minutes at 425 degrees then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake until crumb topping is browned and apples are soft, approximately 50 minutes.

Who Loves Peanut Butter And Banana Sandwiches?

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Elvis Presley loved Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches and so will your kids. This is one recipe your kids will go bananas for.  Turn on some Elvis music like Hound Dog and sing while you prepare these great tasty sandwiches.

  • 4 ounces peanut butter
  • 2 slices Texas Toast or Thick Bread
  • 1 whole ripe banana
  • 4 ounces  butter

Directions

Spread peanut butter, evenly on 1 side of each piece of bread. Slice banana in 3/4-inch slices and place on 1 piece of bread with peanut butter. Banana slices should be close together, and cover 1 side completely. Top with the other slice of bread.

Heat butter in grill pan on medium heat. Place the sandwich in the grill pan and brown for approximately 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add 2 ounces of butter to the grill pan and flip sandwich to other side and continue cooking for 2 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and peanut butter is melting. Cut into quarters and serve hot.

Photo credit: Taste.com.au

Can You Say BLT Sandwich?

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A class summer sandwich your kids and whole family will love.  BLT or Bacon, Lettuce and Tomaote Sandwich.

Ingredients:
2 slices of bread (toasted if desired)
4 slices of cooked bacon strips
2 leaves lettuce
2 tomato slices
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon avocado and mayonnaise (mashed together, optional)
1 tablespoon avocado (mashed, optional)

Simply assemble this sandwich for a family favorite.

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