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

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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

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.

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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.

Why Not Make Quesadilla For Your Kids Dinner?

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A easy recipe kids love are Quesadilla. Queso” is cheese in Spanish.  And a quesadilla is a toasted tortilla with melted cheese inside.  Not only is this a meal the whole family can enjoy, it also easy on the  family grocery budget.

Heat a large cast iron frying pan to medium high heat.

Add a small amount of oil (about 1/2 teaspoon) or butter and spread it around the bottom of the pan with a spatula .

Place one large flour tortilla in the pan. Flip the tortilla over a few times, 10 seconds between flips.  Pockets of Air should begin to form within the tortilla.

Add a handful of grated cheese, sprinkle over the top of the tortilla, making sure that the cheese does not land on the pan itself.

Add whatever additional ingredients you choose – grilled diced chicken, onion, sliced mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, etc.  Do not  layer on the ingredients to thickly, this is a quesadilla, not a quiche.

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Reduce the heat to low and cover he cast iron pan, to melt the cheese and brown the tortilla.

After a minute, check to see if the cheese is melted. If not, return the cover until the cheese is melted.

When the cheese is melted, use a spatula to lift up one side of the quesadilla and flip over the other side.   The tortilla should by now be browned slightly. If not flip every 10 seconds until it gets browned. Remove from pan and cut into wedges.

Quesadilla are delicious served with thinly slice some iceberg lettuce, sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

What Was Michael Jackson’s Favorite Food?

Michael Jackson favorites food was Mexican food.  His favorite number was 7.  At Kids Recipes Kids Love, we instantly thought of  7 layer dig.   An easy family favorite recipe to make and one of Michael Jackson’s favorite dips.  In honor of the Michael’s music, play his music in the background, while your kids descend around you.  Let everyone add one layer of the ingredient of the 7 layer dip. Each layer is representation for Michael’s great, salsa dance, cheesy jokes, etc.  Make this a family fun experience and tribute to Michael Jackson.

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7 Layer Bean Dip

Mexican Seven Layer Bean Dip

1 can (16 oz) refried beans
1 package (1 oz) taco seasoning mix
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
1 cup Chunky salsa (any variety)
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican cheese blend (8 oz)
1 can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained (1/2 cup)
1 medium tomato, diced (3/4 cup)
Tortilla chips, if desired

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1. In medium bowl, mix refried beans and taco seasoning mix. Spread mixture on large platter.
2. In another medium bowl, mix cream cheese and chiles. Carefully spread over bean mixture.
3. Top with salsa, lettuce, cheese, olives and tomato. Refrigerate until serving time. Serve with tortilla chips.

Photo Credits: Betty Crocker

Cool Off With Yummy Frozen Treats

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1 to 2 containers(6 oz each) Thick & Creamy yogurt (any flavor)
3to 4 cups cheeries cereal
4 firm ripe medium bananas

Line cookie sheet with foil. Spoon yogurt into shallow dish. Pour cereal into another shallow dish. Peel bananas; cut each into 6 pieces.
Roll each banana piece in yogurt, then in cereal to coat. Place coated banana pieces on cookie sheet. Freeze uncovered about 1 hour or until firm. (The bites are best when eaten the same day they’re made.)

Photo Credit: Betty Crocker