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For some, it’s the first time they hear Professor Longhair’s “Go to the Mardi Gras” playing on the radio.
For others, it’s bundling up on January 6 to watch the Phunny Phorty Phellows gleefully cram into a St. But one thing that almost everyone can agree upon is that the first sighting of a sparkly purple, green and gold king cake is what really makes it official: Carnival is finally here.
When the cakes are ready to be baked they go into the oven for about 18 minutes, until they’re puffy and a light golden brown.
After the cakes have cooled sufficiently, bakers flip them, fill them from the bottom and then turn them back right side up so they can be quickly iced and sugared.
Once Carnival season gets into full swing, it’s a 24-hour operation.
But king cake production at Rouses isn’t just a seasonal affair: It’s a 12-month production.
To me, that’s what Mardi Gras is all about — bringing the team together, and doing something fun.” I’ve got something to say to you, 2017: Buh-bye. And if you’re in contact with any upcoming years — particularly the next one — and these years happen to resemble you, would you mind taking them with you? I’m not going to reiterate all the reasons why you, 2017 — I’m going to be blunt here, and use the technical term — sucked. Please bring us more luck — I’m talking the good kind, brought to more people. And among my intended behaviors of civility, kindness, et al., will be this: to cook well, deliciously and healthfully, and to serve others what I cook.
And I’m just going to say to , 2018: Please be more civil, kind, thoughtful, generous and more evenhanded with all of us. And I’d like to do this with a generous and joyful heart; because, call me crazy, but I think a heart that is more like that than like a piece of beef jerky makes me and everyone I come in contact with a little happier, and thus spreads the sense of luckiness at least a little farther.
It’s a group effort, and one that Knight says wouldn’t be possible without her team. It is a long process, and we don’t take shortcuts,” Knight says. You could come up with many recipes and great items, but unless you have the team to push it and show it and love it — it doesn’t work,” Knight says. To see us in the midst of chaos — to be so calm, cool and to know what to do to get the job done, it’s just amazing to see. Me, I’m going to do my tiny part to make that happen.Carnival krewes put in large orders to ensure that there’s no shortage of cake for each of their floats.Homesick ex-pats across the country order cakes to help celebrate their city’s most revered tradition away from home.While the present-day French version, or , is a flaky pastry ring filled with frangipane, the version sold stateside is traditionally made with a sweet, yeasted dough.At Rouses, 24 flavors of the festive cakes are sold at the 55 stores along the Gulf Coast.