Bundtcake babka with blackberry jam

Usually babkas are flat or loaf shaped. Usually bundtcakes are not yeast cakes. But well… I like surprises in the kitchen so baked this babka as a bundtcake. The filled log of dough had been cut into slices and arranged in the pan. During baking all pieces came together again and created beautiful pattern of jam. The filling is homemade easy blackberry jam but you may use berries of your choice. The dough is soft and fluffy but still moist. Even the next day stayed fresh. Enjoy! P.S. The cake came out really easy from the pan.

 

10 cups bundtcake pan

 

Dough:

  • 4 teaspoons dried yeast
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) lukewarm milk
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • 3 cups (480 g) bread flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼  cup (120 g) butter, melted

Filling:

  • 400 g blackberries (I used frozen)
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch / corn flour

Icing:

  • ½ cup (100 g) icing sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons blackberry juice

 

 

Grease the pan.

Make filling: place blackberries and sugar in a sauce pan and heat until they release juice. Remove half of the juice (and safe). Dissolve corn starch in lemon juice and add to blackberries when they are disintegrated. Mix and Cook for further 2-3 minutes until mixture thickens. Cool. Try it to be sure is sweet enough.

Make dough: in a medium bowl mix together yeast, lukewarm milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let stand for 15 minutes until frothy. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, remaining sugar and salt. Add yeast mixture, eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually add butter and mix on medium speed until dough is smooth (8-10 minutes) and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If dough does not pull away from the bowl, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If the mixture remains too dry and crumbly, add lukewarm water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once the dough is ready place it in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours until doubled in size.

Place dough on a floured surface and roll out one into a 24 x 16 inch (60 x 40 cm) rectangular. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Roll it into a log starting with longer side. Cut into slices about 0.5 inch (1.5 cm). Arrange slices in the pan starting at outer sides. Slices arranged with different angles to each other will create more interesting pattern after baking. Let stand the dough in a warm place for 20 minutes to rest and puff while preheating oven to 400°F.

Bake for 40 minutes (depending on the oven type) until the skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Let stand the cake for 10 minutes in the pan then invert the pan and let cake jump out from the pan. Cool on a wire rack.

Icing: mix icing sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of saved blackberry juice until smooth, thick but still liquid. Pour over the cake.


 
 

Category: Yeast cakes.

Tags: blackberry, yeast.

Hand pies with apples

Very easy however a little time consuming treat. Two pieces of pastry and apple filling in between. If you want to make them quicker shape the upper pastry as a square as well and make a small hole in the middle. I cut it into strips and arranged in lattice pattern. It please the eye and that’s it. But does not the look really mean a lot? And the taste is absolutely trusted – thanks to apples. Enjoy!

 

12-14 pieces

 

Ingredients for the base:

  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 7 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2  cups all purpose flour

Filling:

  • 2-3 apples peeled and sliced
  • 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

Topping:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar

 

Shortbread base: in the bowl of a stand mixer place the softened butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in egg and vanilla, mix together. Gradually add flour still mixing on medium speed until the dough forms a ball (the sides of the bowl should be almost clean). The amount of flour you need could vary because of flour type. If the dough is still very soft and does not shape a ball add more flour, one tablespoon at the time. When is ready, remove it from the bowl, wrap in a cling film and let cool in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the cooled pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll out into 1/5 inch thick piece. Divide into half. Cut the first part of pastry into squares 3 x 3 inch (8 x 8 cm) each. Place apple slices onto and sprinkle with sugar mixed with cinnamon. Cut the remaining pastry into strips 3 inch (8 cm) long and 1/3 inch (0.8 cm) wide. Arrange the strips on the apples making lattice pattern. Press the ends with a fork to seal the top and bottom together. You may also damp them with cold water or egg white to stick better.

Beat the egg yolk with milk in a small bowl and brush the top of the pastry (strips) with. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place the sheet in the fridge until the oven is heated.

Bake for about 20 minutes (until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is bubbling). Cool after baking on a wire rack.


 

Category: Pastries/tarts.

Tags: apple, cinnamon.

Bicoloured cruffins with chocolate

Recently appeared on this blog classic cruffins – buns shaped as muffins made of croissants dough. Today recipe is for bicoloured cruffins – vanilla and cocoa with chocolate. It is a yeast dough enriched with butter which creates many layers after baking enjoying our visual sense. The addition of butter affects the taste as well – the dough is very delicate and pleasantly velvety. Preparing of cruffins is time consuming but the effect is worth the effort. Enjoy!

 

8 big cruffins

 

Light dough:

  • 2 cups (320 g) bread flour
  • 2.5 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 3 oz (90 ml) lukewarm milk
  • ¼  cup (50 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) lukewarm water

Dark dough:

  • 1 ¾  cups (270 g) bread flour
  • 5 tablespoons (50 g) cocoa powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 3 oz (90 ml) lukewarm milk
  • ¼  cup (50 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) lukewarm water

...

  • 2-3 tablespoons (40 g) dark chocolate (grated)
  • about 1 cup (220 g) butter, softened

 

 

Make light dough: in a medium bowl mix together yeast, milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let stand for 15 until frothy. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, remaining sugar and salt. Add yeast mixture, egg, vanilla extract and melted butter, slightly cooled.  Add water and mix on medium speed until dough is smooth (5-6 minutes). Remove from the bowl, place on lightly floured surface and knead by hands for further 3-4 minutes until dough shapes a smooth and elastic ball. Once the dough is ready place it to the oiled bowl, cover and let stand in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours to rest and rise.

Repeat the procedure with ingredients for dark dough.

When the dough is well risen place the remaining 1 cup butter in a bowl of a stand mixer and beat few minutes until light and fluffy.

Grease the pan with butter. Divide each dough into eight equal pieces (eight light pieces and eight dark pieces). Working with one light and one dark piece at the time roll out dough very thinly in a shape of long rectangular with slightly rounded corners. Spread first piece (it does not matter light or dark) with butter evenly over the whole surface and cover with the second piece of dough. Spread butter again over the whole surface and sprinkle with grated chocolate. Roll it tightly into a log starting on the shorter side. Cut out almost the whole log into half lengthwise keeping one end not cut. Place both pieces cut side up and shape each into a snail. Two snails are connected together – put one over the second high up.  Repeat the procedure with all remaining seven light-dark pairs of dough. Place each double snail into one hole of the pan. Important! This way prepared cruffins are supposed to be baked in a popover pan or empty vegetable cans. If you own only classic muffin pan cut each log to the end shaping two separated snails and place in each pan hole one single snail. Let stand the pan in a warm place for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Bake cruffins to the ‘clean skewer’ for 20-22 minutes (in pans) or for 25-30 minutes in vegetable cans. Cool on a wire rack.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.


 
 

Category: Yeast cakes.

Tags: chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, yeast.

Chocolate tart with caramelized pears

Very simple, classic chocolate tart. On the shortbread base – I used homemade pastry, it might be also cookie crumb base. Not many ingredients, easy to prepare. In classic recipes the filling is a mix of chocolate and whipping cream. I used coconut milk instead of dairy cream, which did not worse the taste nor texture but brought some benefits. The filling is lactose free, dairy free, vegan. And a little less in calories. But still delicious. Enjoy!

 

1 classic tart ø 10 inch

 

Ingredients for the base:

  • ½  cup (115 g) softened butter
  • 5 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 ¾  cups (270 g) all purpose flour

Filling:

  • 360 g dark semi-sweet chocolate (I used 54,5%)
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (280 ml) coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Topping:

  • 2 pears
  • 2-3 tablespoons golden brown sugar (Turbinado)

 

Shortbread base: in the bowl of a stand mixer place the softened butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in egg and cocoa powder, mix together. Gradually add flour still mixing on medium speed until the dough forms a ball (the sides of the bowl should be almost clean). The amount of flour you need could vary because of flour type. If the dough is still very soft and does not shape a ball add more flour, one tablespoon at the time. If it is very flaky and not elastic add cold water, one tablespoon at the time. When is ready, remove it from the bowl, wrap in a cling film and let cool in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F /180°C. Place the cooled pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll out into 1/5 inch thick piece. Fill pan with prepared pastry and press to place properly. Place the parchment paper over the base and weight the pastry with ceramic balls, peas, bean or another baking pan (empty). Bake blind for 15 minutes. Discard weight and bake for further 10 minutes. Cool.

Make filling: place the broken chocolate to the bowl. In a saucepan heat coconut milk and sugar until warm (not boil). Add cocoa powder, vanilla and salt and mix together. Pour over chocolate and let stand for 2-3 minutes. Then mix until smooth mixture. Pour over the cooled base and place to the fridge for several hours (better overnight).

Caramelized pears: preheat oven to 420°F (210°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with sugar. Cut pears into thin slices and arrange on the sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool. Before serving the tart decorate the top with pears. You may dust it with cocoa powder and/or shredded coconut.


 

Category: No-bake cakes.

Tags: coconut milk, chocolate, glutenfree, pear, vegan.

Sweet bread Easter cakes

In many European countries traditional Easter cake is sweet bread shaped tall or bundtcake like. For instance is called ‘baba’ in Poland or ‘kulitch’ in Russia or ‘potica’ in Slovenia. This is yeast dough richer than common babkas and stuffed with dried fruits or nuts. After baking the dough is very soft, delicate and cloudy like. Baking in pans gives the naked skinless surfaces easy to ice. I baked here something new – using vegetable cans I got the soft delicate cake ended with harder ‘head’ with skin and almonds on the top. Two in one. I used various sizes of cans so all my cakes are different. Two of them are stuffed with cranberries and orange zest and three with raisins and lemon zest. Using this batch below you may bake one big cake shaped as tall bundtcake. Enjoy!

 

1 big or few smaller

 

 Ingredients:

  • 5 teaspoons active yeast
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) lukewarm milk
  • ½  cup + 1 tablespoon (120 g) butter
  • ¾ cup (150 g) sugar
  • 3 cups + 2 tablespoons  (500 g) bread flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 egg yolkes

Filling:

  • ½ cup raisins
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • zest of 1 orange

Top:

  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons egg whites

 

 

You may bake only one big cake with one preferred filling or few smaller all with one filling. In that case double ingredients of your preferred filling.

Make dough: in a medium bowl mix together yeast, ½ cup (100 ml) lukewarm milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let stand for 15 minutes until frothy. Heat the rest of milk with butter until melted. Cool slightly. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, remaining sugar and salt. Add yeast mixture, egg yolks and the milk with butter. Mix on medium speed until dough is combined (10 minutes). The dough is too wet and will not become tight by mixing. Transfer it to a floured surface and knead by hands about 5-6 minutes until smooth and glossy. Once the dough is ready place it in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours until doubled in size.

In one bowl mix together cranberries and orange zest. In second bowl mix together raisins with lemon zest.

Place dough on a floured surface, divide into half and shape both by hands into flat rectangulars. Spread the one filling over one piece and second filling over the second piece. Start to knead the both dough (separately) until  fruits are evenly incorporated (about 10 minutes). Shape the both dough into balls, place in two oiled bowls, cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours until doubled in size.

Once risen divide the dough into as many pieces as cakes you want to get. Baking in vegetable cans wash them, grease with butter and line with parchment paper (bottom and sides). Fill each can (pan) with the dough to the 2/3 of capacity. Let stand in a warm place for 20 minutes to rest. They should rise until the top of cans. Mix the ingredients for top together and sprinkle cakes. Do not sprinkle if you bake one big bundt cake (it will turn upside down after baking).

Meanwhile preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) by fun forced mode or 430°F (220°C) by traditional oven mode. Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on size) until the skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. One big cake requires about 40-45 minutes.

Remove the cake/s from cans or pans when warm but not hot. Cool on a wire rack.


 
 

Category: Yeast cakes.

Tags: cranberry, Easter, lemon, orange, raisins, yeast.

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