Photo: Back to the Cutting Board
By:Â Michael Engle
Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday as some of us know it. Mardi Gras is a traditional Catholic celebration, marking the final day before Lent and is marked by lavish festivities across the Catholic world.Â Meanwhile, in New Orleans, LA, Mardi Gras has evolved as a way of life, with parades being scheduled every day for a month in advance. Â But no discussion about Mardi Gras in New Orleans is complete, however, without mentioning King Cake.
King Cake is, in its most simple form, a rich, yet simple, dessert that is iconic to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.Â Borrowing from Spanish and French tradition, modern King Cake closely resembles brioche; traditionally, the brioche is either left plain or flavored with cinnamon.Â It is, unlike its Old World counterparts such as rosca de reyes and galette des rois, almost always ring-shaped.Â All King Cakes are adorned with the Mardi Gras colors: purple, green, and gold, which respectively represent justice, faith, and power.Â These colors are most often accomplished by using colored sugar crystals, which are sprinkled over a white icing.Â Read More