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Queen Cake Morning Bread

queen cake

queen cake

I am sure you have heard of a King Cake to celebrate Mardi Gras. Well this is my spin on that festive recipe called the Queen Cake. This morning style pastry bread loaf is drizzled in a light coconut glaze and topped with fresh fruit in colors of gold (bananas) purple (blueberries) and green (kiwi). Inside is a sweet nutty cinnamon filling. Serve a warmed slice of this bread with your morning cup of coffee or tea this Mardi Gras (or any day). Feel like a queen and have your cake too..

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Queen Cake Morning Bread
vegan, makes one loaf

3 cups white flour, organic
2/3 cup raw turbino sugar (or substitute with your favorite dry sweetener)
1 packet yeast
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups warm water

fruit:
1 banana, sliced
2 kiwis, peeled, sliced
1/4 cup blueberries

filling:
1/4 cup raw nuts (try walnuts, almonds or pecans)
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
pinch of salt

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar, organic
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm water and yeast until yeast is dissolved.
2. Add in the remaining bread dough ingredients and combine until a dough forms. Add a few extra pinches of flour if needed to handle dough. Knead dough in bowl for a few minutes.
3. Grease sides of bowl and allow dough to rise for about an hour.
4. While dough is rising your can preheat oven to 400 degrees, prep your fruit and also mix up upr filling and glaze. Blend the filling ingredients in a blender or food processor until crumbly-smooth. You can mix your glaze in a blender as well. Place the glaze in the fridge and filling aside.
5. Punch out dough and knead on a floured surface. Roll out to a long shape about 5 inches wide and 14-16 inches long. Add the filling to the dough and carefully roll over trying to secure the filling inside. Press the dough to seal. Loop dough to form a crescent shape and place on a greased baking sheet.
6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
7. Cool bread completely before attempting to add glaze – otherwise it will just melt right off.
8. Soften glaze from fridge by warming in microwave. Pour glaze over cooled bread and add fruit on top. Serve or store in fridge. Bread tastes best warmed before serving. You can warm individual slices in the microwave.

queen cake

queen cake

photos: Kathy Patalsky

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