Easy Lemon King Cake is a simple and very tasty. There are just 7 simple steps.
- Line a rimless baking sheet with
- In a medium bowl, stir together
sugar, lemon zest, salt, and almond
extract until well combined.
- On a heavily floured surface, place
one thawed bread loaf. Roll to a
32×4-inch rectangle. Using a pastry
brush, brush with about 1 tablespoon
melted butter. Sprinkle with one-third
of lemon mixture (a scant ¼ cup) in a
thin layer, leaving a ½-inch border on
all sides. Lightly brush beaten egg on
border of one long side. Starting on
Most lemons on store shelves are of the
Eureka or Lisbon variety, and you know them
for their bracing tartness. If you can find
sweet Meyer lemons, you’re in for a treat.
opposite long side, roll up, jelly roll
style, pinching seam to seal. Set aside,
seam side down, and repeat with
remaining dough and lemon mixture.
- On a lightly floured surface, place
dough logs, seam side down, about
1 inch apart and parallel to each
other. Make sure logs are even
thickness, lightly covered with flour,
and not too sticky (it makes braiding
more difficult). Starting at the center,
braid logs together, working your way
to one end, leaving ends loose. Braid
opposite side, leaving ends loose. Lift
braided logs at both ends, and place
on prepared pan; form into a circle.
Braid ends together, pinching to seal
and tucking ends under. Cover, and
let rise in a warm, draft-free place
(75°) until puffed, 30 to 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Brush tops and sides of braided
dough with remaining egg wash. Bake
until lightly golden and an instantread thermometer inserted in center
registers 200°, 30 to 35 minutes,
loosely covering with foil to prevent
excess browning, if necessary. Let
cool completely on pan.
- Spread Cream Cheese Frosting
on top of cooled cake. Garnish with
colored sanding sugar, if desired.
*We used Bridgford Ready-Dough
Frozen White Loaves (3-count bag).
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