Bake Your Own King Cake for Mardi Gras

My first King Cake was a success, thanks to Taste Of Home!

Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, and is the celebratory carnival that leads up to the beginning of Lent. The name “Fat Tuesday” refers to the practice of consuming all of the food forbidden while fasting during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. This past week, I had fun celebrating this Louisiana holiday by baking my first King Cake at home. 

I love the ease of baking and mixing the ingredients in the same pan!

Last year this time in Savannah, I searched the city over for the festive cake, and I couldn’t find one at a single bakery. So, I made it my mission to bake my own this year, especially when I came across this easy recipe in Taste of Home, one of my favorite food magazines. It was really delicious and reminiscent of a cinnamon coffee cake.

This brown sugar and butter mixture is what makes the cake reminiscent of a cinnamon coffee cake.

What’s fun and unique about king cakes is that after baking, a plastic baby is tucked into the cake, and tradition dictates that finding the baby in your slice symbolizes luck and prosperity, and the finder becomes the ‘king’ or ‘queen’ of the day. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras — purple, green and gold were introduced in 1872 and later assigned a meaning: gold for power, green for faith and purple for justice.

The brown sugar mixture is swirled into the cake for great flavor!

With this being my first time baking the famous cake, I hadn’t considered just where I would find a small plastic baby. Funny story – we searched the toy aisle of Wal-Mart after coming up empty-handed in the baby shower section. We shared the cake with my church small group, and everyone joked that we had the biggest King Cake baby they’d ever seen. It made for some good laughs.

Our King Cake baby came from the toy aisle at Wal-Mart, lol! We couldn’t find the tiny plastic ones, so this baby was XL and ready to party!
What’s unique about the confectioners sugar frosting is it contains butter! I couldn’t stop eating it.

Today I’m sharing the recipe with you, so you can have some fun in your own kitchen. Laissez les bon temps rouler (pronounced Lay-say le bon tom roo-lay), meaning let the good times roll!

Best food magazine ever.

Easy One-Dish King Cake
Recipe Courtesy of Taste of Home magazine and Joy the Baker

Ingredients

For the Cake Batter:

  • unsalted butter to grease the pan
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons RapidRise or Instant Yeast
  • 2/3 cup very warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with butter. Add the dry ingredients including the yeast to the cake pan and whisk to combine. Add the milk, melted butter, oil, and beaten egg. Whisk to combine and use a spatula to coax any flour from the corners of the pan. Allow to batter to rest in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes. While the cake rests, make the cinnamon topping. In a small bowl stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and salt until the mixture is moistened and sandy. Top batter evenly with cinnamon mixture. Use a butter knife to swirl the cinnamon sugar into the batter. Allow to rest for 5 more minutes.

To bake the cake, place pan in a COLD oven; set temperature to 350°F; bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned and firm in center. Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes. Combine icing ingredients in the same bowl used to make the cinnamon mixture and drizzle over the just warm cake.

Sprinkle generously with Mardi Gras colors and tuck a little baby inside. Enjoy!


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Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a ServSafe certified professionally trained private chef, culinary TV personality, author and food enthusiast. Featured on Forbes, Food Network Star, ABC’s The Taste and The VeryVera Show, she is the longtime Statesboro Herald food columnist and blogger at SomeKindaGood.com, your one stop shop for Southern coastal cuisine, locally sourced and in-season. Pull up a chair for cooking and entertaining tips, and easy-to-execute, flavorful recipes to share around the family table. To learn more, connect with Some Kinda Good on social media, or visit RebekahLingenfelser.com.

Cookbook Feature Friday: Lemon Bars

Paula Deen’s Southern Baking Cookbook includes this delicious lemon bar recipe.

Happy Cookbook Feature Friday! Today’s post is all about the tart, cold and sugar-dusted lemon bar. Featuring one of Paula Deen’s latest cookbooks, Southern Baking, these bars are super easy to make and serve as the perfect treat when you want a little something sweet.

One of the coolest moments of my life was getting to gift Paula Deen my own book, while attending her book signing

I was outside in my front yard the other day, when my neighbor approached carrying a tray of several bottles of freshly squeezed lemon juice. She has a big Meyer lemon tree, and just before the fruit expired, she had to come up with a way to use up all the lemons that hadn’t been picked. She gifted several neighbors with the juice, and I put it to good use right away! What a sweet gesture.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be used in cocktails, desserts and even as a glaze.

Loved:

  • Using fresh meyer lemon juice from my neighbor’s lemon tree to make these!
  • The tart and sweet balance of this dessert
  • You can eat them cold or warm and they’re Some Kinda Good either way
  • The recipe requires only 7 ingredients.

Didn’t Love:

  • Baking with parchment paper. If you’re impatient like me, the paper is a pain to peel off the baked goods. I’d rather use baking spray and forgo the parchment paper.
  • These take a while too cool.

“Whenever you’re craving a refreshing treat, these luscious goodies will always hit the spot.”

-Paula Deen
Yum!

Lemon Bars
From the Southern Baking Cookbook by Paula Deen

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Garnish: confectioners’ sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with baking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, letting the excess extend over the sides. In the workbowl of a food processor, pulse together 2 cups flour and confectioners’ sugar until combined. Add cold butter; pulse until mixture is crumbly and just holds together when pressed with fingers. Firmly press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl. whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice and remaining 1/4 cup of flour until smooth. Pour onto hot crust (crust must be hot).

Bake until filling is set, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Using excess parchment as handles, remove from pan before cutting into bars. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar if desired.


New to Some Kinda Good?

Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a ServSafe certified professionally trained private chef, culinary TV personality, author and food enthusiast. Featured on Forbes, Food Network Star, ABC’s The Taste and The VeryVera Show, she is the longtime Statesboro Herald food columnist and blogger at SomeKindaGood.com, your one stop shop for Southern coastal cuisine, locally sourced and in-season. Pull up a chair for cooking and entertaining tips, and easy-to-execute, flavorful recipes to share around the family table. To learn more, connect with Some Kinda Good on social media, or visit RebekahLingenfelser.com.

Cookbook Feature Friday: Shrimp and Crawfish

Shrimp and Crawfish from The VeryVera Cookbook

Happy Friday! This week, we cooked with a new ingredient: CRAWFISH! I haven’t ever worked much with crawfish, but I really love it. This little creature, also known as a “creek lobster,” tastes like a cross between crab legs and shrimp. It’s slightly sweet and easy to break down.

VeryVera’s Shrimp and Crawfish recipe uses a half pound of the tail meat.

I am loving Cookbook Feature Friday, and it’s only week 2. So, let’s jump in! The recipe I’m featuring today is Shrimp and Crawfish from The VeryVera Cookbook. If you love Southern cooking and value the traditions of etiquette, this is a truly beautiful book filled with delicious recipes and cooking tips to add to your collection. The book includes gorgeous photography and food styling, and an inspiring path to success.

One of the best cookbooks in my collection!

In 2019, I had the best time cooking with Ms. Vera on her entertaining show. If you missed The Coastal South episode, be sure to check it out on my YouTube Channel.

Rebekah (left) was a guest on The VeryVera Show with cookbook author and television host Vera Stewart (right) in October of 2019. Watch the episode on YouTube.

I took a few shortcuts with the recipe, such as using frozen chopped onion and bell pepper, rather than chopping my own. I also substituted Old Bay for the creole seasoning and used mozzarella cheese rather than Monterey jack because it’s what I had on hand.

Naturally, I gravitated toward this coastal dish. It is the first recipe I’ve cooked from the book. I’m happy to say, it was Some Kinda Good, and well worth the wait. Make this and you won’t be sorry!

~Rebekah

LOVED:

  • Discovering the joy of crawfish! Sweet meat and very affordable.
  • Seeing the sauce come together in my dutch oven. The house smelled amazing! 
  • The short baking time of just 20 minutes gives you enough time to set the table and fix a glass of sweet tea.

DIDN’T LOVE:

  • You may have to break down the crawfish. 
  • Be sure to buy enough to yield the half pound of tail meat needed for the recipe. 
  • Prep time takes a while, so plan ahead.
  • A can of cream of shrimp can be hard to find. If you can’t find it, substitute cream of celery instead.
A thick sauce coats the fettuccini pasta.

Shrimp and Crawfish
Recipe from The VeryVera Cookbook by Vera Stewart

  • 1 lb peeled and deveined 51/60 shrimp
  • 1/2 lb dry fettuccine noodles, broken in half
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c white onion, diced
  • 1/4 c green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 c celery, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c Rotel original diced tomatoes & green chilies, with juice
  • 1/4 c dried parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 10 1/2 oz can cream of shrimp soup
  • 1 c sharp cheddar cheese, hand-shredded
  • 1 c Monterey jack cheese, hand-shredded
  • 3/4 tsp. Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning
  • 1/2 lb cooked crawfish tail meat
  • Parmesan cheese, hand-grated for garnish

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Bake the shrimp on a parchment-lined sheet pan in the oven for 5 minutes. Cook the noodles in boiling water with 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Once the noodles are fully cooked, drain, and toss them with the remaining olive oil. Set aside. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Saute the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic over medium heat for 15 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes and parsley to the sautéed vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the soup, both cheeses, and seasonings. Let the mixture simmer until the cheese is melted. Add the noodles, shrimp, and crawfish to the sauce. Mix until well incorporated. Place in the greased 9 x 13 pan, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes or until hot. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and parsley.

 

Highly recommend making this Some Kinda Good Shrimp and Crawfish!

New to Some Kinda Good?

Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a ServSafe certified professionally trained private chef, culinary TV personality, author and food enthusiast. Featured on Forbes, Food Network Star, ABC’s The Taste and The VeryVera Show, she is the longtime Statesboro Herald food columnist and blogger at SomeKindaGood.com, your one stop shop for Southern coastal cuisine, locally sourced and in-season. Pull up a chair for cooking and entertaining tips, and easy-to-execute, flavorful recipes to share around the family table. To learn more, connect with Some Kinda Good on social media, or visit RebekahLingenfelser.com.

New in 2021: Cookbook Feature Friday

I’m excited to share a new endeavor in 2021: Cookbook Feature Friday!

I have a vast collection of cookbooks stacked around my house. These are a few of my favorite things! Vintage cookbooks and new releases fill my kitchen countertops and baker’s rack, adorn my coffee table and decorate my bookshelves. I love lazy weekends while sipping on coffee and flipping through their pages. With the energy of a new year, one of my goals for 2021 is to cook one recipe per week from my collection with my husband, Kurt. Continue reading “New in 2021: Cookbook Feature Friday”

Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes

Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes are Some Kinda Good served with maple sausage and warm syrup.

Pumpkin walnut pancakes remind me of trips to the Tennessee mountains as a child. Every fall my family would take a trip to see the changing leaves and we’d always stop at one of the many log cabin restaurants with signs flashing “Hot Flapjacks!” Make this fluffy stack of buttery, pumpkin spice flavored pancakes to welcome the changing of the seasons. Be sure to use a cast iron skillet for the most crispy edges. You’ll be glad you did! Continue reading “Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes”

Easy Labor Day Dessert Round-Up

Labor Day is about taking a rest from the routine, and while that means something totally different in 2020, these easy desserts are still relevant. This Labor Day, you can catch me on TV baking one of these, which will complement any cookout. Tune in to WTOC Morning Break at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 7 to see what I’m cooking up!  Continue reading “Easy Labor Day Dessert Round-Up”

Cinnamon Apple Crumb Pie

Some Kinda Good Cinnamon Apple Crumb Pie is made with Granny Smith Apples and a crunchy pecan crumble topping.

A follower recently reached out to ask me if I had any easy pie recipes for her daughter, who was set to have a baby soon. The first one that came to mind is this Cinnamon Apple Crumb Pie, along with Lime Cheesecake Pie.  I bake this often when I have a bowl of apples on display that need to be used, or in the fall when apples are abundant. It’s crunchy topping is nutty and satisfying, and the sweet filling with the flaky crust are the perfect bite. This pie is also great when you don’t have two pie crusts handy. Continue reading “Cinnamon Apple Crumb Pie”

Brown-Butter Bourbon Peach Cobbler

Brown-Butter Bourbon Peach Cobbler is a celebration of summertime.

It’s officially summertime, and in Georgia, that can only mean one thing: It’s HOT y’all! And, well, two things: Peaches are ripe for the pickin’. On the first day of summer this June, I took myself to the farmers’ market, snagged a bag of fresh peaches, a head of cauliflower, a few small eggplants, some fresh plums and my favorite kettle corn, and made my way back home to put away all the goods. Continue reading “Brown-Butter Bourbon Peach Cobbler”

Taco Pizza Pie

Topped with fresh basil, Taco Pizza Pie is easy and Some Kinda Good.

Here’s a fun take on taco night! All the flavors we love in tacos on a pizza. Just a few store-bought ingredients, plus refrigerator and pantry staples, like cheddar cheese and a taco seasoning packet, and you’re good to go. Have fun with the toppings – feel free to add olives, green onions, or even lettuce and serve with sour cream and guacamoleContinue reading “Taco Pizza Pie”

Five Ways to Use Fresh Homegrown Tomatoes

Red, juicy vine-ripened tomatoes are in season now, and whether you grow your own tomatoes like me, or pick up a basketful at the farmers’ market or a roadside stand, here are five Some Kinda Good ways you can use them up: 
Continue reading “Five Ways to Use Fresh Homegrown Tomatoes”