For the first time in its 75-year history, Brennan’s Restaurant will launch a trio of king cakes this Carnival.
It’s another history-making moment for the famed French Quarter restaurant known as the birthplace of bananas Foster.
Executive corporate pastry chef Brett Gauthier and the culinary team will join the parade of king cakes in New Orleans as newcomers with three different varieties: traditional, the “Pink Parade” king cake and the “Black and Gold” chocolate king cake.
Brennan’s says their decision to present three different king cakes for its first go-around is a nod to the symbolism of the Epiphany, the feast day mainly celebrated by Catholics and Orthodox Christians honoring the journey of the Three Wise Men, or Three Kings, who visited Jesus.
Also known as Kings Day, or Twelfth Night, the day, the Feast of the Epiphany marks the start of Carnival season on Jan. 6.
Each king cake starts with the same dough with a light, fluffy, yet moist, brioche texture. However, a unique, natural process called tangzhong, with origins in Japan, allows the cake to remain fresh for an entire week without any additives.
Brennan’s traditional king cake rolls aromatic cinnamon filling into brioche dough, topped with frosty white icing and Mardi Gras-colored sugar.
The rosy hue of Brennan’s Pink Parade King Cake is inspired by the restaurant’s iconic deep-pink stucco façade.
Fifty flats worth of luscious fruit from the strawberry fields of Johnsdale Farm in Ponchatoula have been preserved for strawberry jam laced in this king cake. The jam gets folded into the cake with whipped light-and-airy cream cheese for “a dreamy combination,” Brennan’s said.
The jam also tints the sugar icing that coats the cake beneath a light dusting of pink cocoa powder. A delicate drizzle-pattern of white icing atop it all is enlivened with splashes of sparkly sugar pebbles in pink and pearl.
Finally, the Chocolate ‘Black and Gold’ King Cake swirls a rich, chocolate brioche dough with a center of chocolate icing.
The king cake is topped with an indulgent layer of whipped chocolate ganache and coated with crumbled chocolate sable cookies, half of which have been tossed in golden cocoa butter. Finished with a final light lacing of chocolate frosting, this king cake is for chocolate lovers, who also just happen to be Saints fans.
King cake lovers can pre-order Brennan’s king cakes online via the website, at www.brennansneworleans.com/kingcakes, for nationwide shipping starting Jan. 4, 2021 or for local pick-up starting Jan. 6, 2021.
Brennan’s offers several options for local pickup from Jan. 6 to Feb. 15:
- Brennan’s Restaurant at 417 Royal Street, New Orleans
- Ralph’s on the Park – 900 City Park Avenue, New Orleans
- Café NOMA at the New Orleans Museum of Art (by the slice)
- King Cake Hub – Broad Theater, 636 N Broad Street
Cakes are 10” X 12” and serve 15-20 people. The traditional king cake runs for $20 per cake. The Pink Parade King Cake and Black and Gold King Cake both cost $24 each.
According to a release, other select specialty retailers in the New Orleans Metro area will also sell the king cakes. Customers can order for delivery via D’Livery Nola.
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