Polish Yeast Cake

20130821 FTF Polish Yeast Cake01Fruits are in season now. An abundance of them. All these goodies made me crave for an old timer: Yeast Fruit Cake, ultimate Polish treat during summer.

It’s not too sweet, fruity (you can actually use any fruit you have) topped with crunchy crumble and have this lightly yeasty aroma that I guess only once you smell, you know you’re at home. Well yes, it’s made of flour – I use spelt only – but I give us absolution in that particular instance! LOL

Yeast Cake could be a tricky one to make (I admit I was defeated by it few times) but do not shy away from it – this recipe is easy and always works and with the help of a bread machine it’s nearly effortless.

You’ll need bread flour – I use spelt only and it worked very well. Put it into the bread machine along with dried yeast. Then add unrefined sugar (I use Total Sweet), beaten egg and buttermilk.  In a pan, melt butter and pour into the mixture. Set the machine for a dough setting and let it do the work.

Once the dough is smooth and elastic, transfer it into a bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1.5 hours. In the meantime, make yourself a cuppa and then prepare the fruits: plums (pitted) or strawberries, other summer berries, peaches, nectarines – try out your favourites.

And don’t forget to prepare a crumble for a topping as well. You’ll need spelt flour (or try almond meal), sugar (or Total Sweet) and melted butter. Work it with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.

The dough needs to double its size and when it’s ready, knead it again and transfer to a big cake pan lined with parchment paper. Top the dough with fruits, scatter crumble over them and pop into the hot oven (180C) for about 40 minutes. Check it with a wooden skewer if it’s baked (skewer should come out dry).

You can serve the Yeast Cake sliced with topping of ice cream, but it is delicious without any companion too.

Mr FTF loves it for being buttery and not too sweet. Think of panettone (less sweet though) but with fresh fruits and crumble. Simple irresistible. I don’t know how I managed to safeguard some for the next day’s after dinner treat. Smacznego!

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Ingredients:

For cake dough:

  • 3 cups spelt flour
  • 14g dry yeast
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 170ml buttermilk
  • 80g butter
  • 1kg fruits

For crumble topping:

  • 200g spelt flour (almond meal would work here too)
  • 100g sugar
  • 120g melted butter

Equipment:

  • Large cake pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Wooden skewer
  • Bread machine (optional but very handy)

Resources:

Sugar – http://www.totalsweet.co.uk/

Skewer – http://goo.gl/8BbMjs

Spelt flour – http://goo.gl/IWwCgb

Ice Cream – http://www.mackies.co.uk/produce/traditional.html

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