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John Besh’s Domenica King Cake

February 16, 2015

Oh my Lawd! This king cake, while not the most traditional, is completely amazing! Like my brother in law said, “It’s like King cake meets bread pudding meets bananas foster.” It is spectacular and even though it took two semi-experienced bakers and five hours (and a gaggle of  kids “helping”), I will make this every year. It is so worth it. But if you live in New Orleans, you could just buy one from John Besh’s Domenica. I highly recommend it!
Here is the recipe.
I invited my good friend Liz from Louisiana who also lives here in the Bay Area to help me in this endeavor. Here are our experiences in making it.

The king cake dough

The king cake dough

Kneading the king cake dough

Kneading the king cake dough

Kneading the king cake dough

Kneading the king cake dough

Put this in a bowl to rest for 1 1/2 hours.

Put this in a bowl to rest for 1 1/2 hours.

While the dough is resting in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, make the mascarpone – cream cheese mixture.

Mixing the mascarpone - cream cheese mixture

Mixing the mascarpone – cream cheese mixture

Beat down then roll out the king cake dough.

Beat down then roll out the king cake dough.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and roll it up like a cinnamon roll. Then form an oval with the rolled up dough.

Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top then roll up like a cinnamon roll.

Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top then roll up like a cinnamon roll.

Bake and smell the goodness!

Bake and smell the goodness!

Let the king cake cool before slicing it in half.

Let the king cake cool before slicing it in half.

Spread caramel sauce on both sides of the king cake.

Spread caramel sauce on both sides of the king cake.

There was no recipe for the caramel part so we made this and did it in the easiest way possible. We made it like you make a roux in the microwave. We put a can of condensed milk in a pyres measuring cup. We put it in the microwave for a minute and then stirred it. Then for 30 seconds and stirred. Then another 30 seconds and so on until it was the nice caramel color we wanted it to be. We do this same method for roux with equal amounts of flour and oil. Worked great!

Spread caramel sauce on both sides of the king cake.

Spread caramel sauce on both sides of the king cake.

Layer banana slices on the bottom slice.

Layer banana slices on the bottom slice.

Layer banana slices on the bottom slice.

Layer banana slices on the bottom slice.

Pipe the mascarpone on top of the banana slices.

Pipe the mascarpone on top of the banana slices.

We used a plastic ziplock bag and cut a small hole in it to pipe the mascarpone – cream cheese mixture on top.

Pipe the mascarpone on top of the banana slices.

Pipe the mascarpone on top of the banana slices.

Pipe the mascarpone on top of the banana slices.

Pipe the mascarpone on top of the banana slices.

Looking good! Pecans are next.

Looking good! Pecans are next.

Sprinkle toasted pecans on top of the mascarpone.

Sprinkle toasted pecans on top of the mascarpone.

Sprinkle toasted pecans on top of the mascarpone.

Sprinkle toasted pecans on top of the mascarpone.

Flip the top on top of the bottom layer of the king cake.

Flip the top on top of the bottom layer of the king cake.

Make the praline glaze and spoon on top of the king cake.

Make the praline glaze and spoon on top of the king cake.

The only changes we made to this part of the recipe was that we used Cane Syrup instead of molasses and we used praline extract instead of Praline Liquor.

Make the praline glaze and spoon on top of the king cake.

Make the praline glaze and spoon on top of the king cake.

Time to eat this amazing creation.

Time to eat this amazing creation.

The left overs heated in the microwave for a few seconds are still amazing.

The left overs heated in the microwave for a few seconds are still amazing.

Time to eat this amazing creation.

Time to eat this amazing creation.

Everyone who has eaten this has totally fallen in love! I know I have.

Happy Mardi Gras!

 

 

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