The Christmas decorations have been packed away and stored in the attic. New Year’s Eve and SuperBowl parties are all in the past and for most people life will quiet down and get back to normal. But here in New Orleans we are gearing up for the BIG ONE!!

MARDI GRAS that is!  Parades, beads, revelry and “Laissez les bon temp rouler!!  (Let the good times roll!)  But to many folks in Louisiana it means it is time for the appearance of the King Cake!

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There is NOTHING more seductive than the aroma of a yeast dough baking in the oven, unless it is one filled with cinnamon and sugar!

January means the arrival of King Cake season in New Orleans and South Louisiana.  And I love it when I get to teach others how to make one of their own.  They are amazed at how easy it is but more importantly, how delicious they come out!

In a recent class I taught the students a rich, sweet, no-knead dough that we used to make 5 different items.  With a double recipe of the dough we made King Cakes, Cinnamon Rolls, Caramel Pecan Rolls, A Nutella Twist, and finally some fabulous Parker House Rolls.

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