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
- 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
- ½ cup raisins
- zest of 1 lemon
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- zest of 1 orange
- 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.