Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Czech Republic: Tray Baked Fruit Cake with Streusel Topping


400 g all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
40 g sugar
250 ml milk, lukewarm
1 dash salt
60 g melted, cooled butter
2 egg yolks

Place flour and salt in a bowl and push to the sides. Place yeast, sugar, butter, and egg yolks in the middle. Mix well and then work flour into the wet mix and knead until you obtain a smooth dough. (I usually use the dough setting of the bread machine to prepare the dough.) Cover and let rise until about doubled in volume. Knead dough briefly, then roll out on a lightly floured surface. (It's enough dough for 1  16x12 inch baking tray or two round 9-10 inch trays).

For the topping, I use about 3 lbs prunes. Remove stones and quarter lengthwise. (You can also use blueberries, red currants, cherries, goose berries, apricots...) Place fruits on the dough. For streusel topping, mix together 100 g butter, 80 g sugar, 60 g butter. Alternatively, top fruits with sugar and poppy seeds. Let the cake rest for 15 minutes, then bake in the preheated oven at 390F for about 20 minutes. Leftover cake freezes really well!

(recipe adapted from: "Tschechiche Küche" from Slovart Verlag)

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