Yeast Cake

Level of Difficulty: Medium 

Ingredients 

Batter

  • 2.5 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1.5 sticks of butter (188 g)
  • 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • 2/3 of a cup of milk (room temp)
  • 1.7 oz (50 g) of wet yeast or 0.8 oz (25 g) of dry yeast

Topping

  • 2 sticks of butter (250 g)
  • 2.5 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Optional: fruit of your choice (best fruit are plums, strawberries, peaches, cherries, rhubarb)

Directions 

Pour the milk into a bowl. Add the yeast, 1 tbsp of sugar, and 1 tbsp of flour. Set it aside for the yeast to activate. Once it doubles in quantity and foam forms on the top, it is ready.

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In a large bowl, place flour, sugar, eggs and egg yolks, butter, and the activated yeast mixture. Mix everything well until the batter is no longer sticky. Set it aside for the batter to rise.

While it’s rising, make the topping by combining the butter, flour, and sugar with your hands.

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Once it rises, mix it once more just a couple of times.

Pour it into a 9 in x 13 in (23 cm x 33 cm) pan.

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Crumble the topping on top of the fruit.

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Bake at 350 F (180 C) for about 25 min.

Thoughts

Yeast cakes are a traditional polish dessert. In polish this cake is called ciasto drozdzowe. Every household has it’s own recipe for it and they differ in flavor in texture from once that are very bread like to fluffy moist once some with fruit, some without. The topping is one thing that is common among all of them. A yeast cake without the crumbled topping is just not a yeast cake.

This one is soft and moist. It is not overly sweet, and it is best with some fruit. It rises very nicely and it tastes amazing!

This recipe I got from my grandpa. We made it together for the first time recently when I spent the summer with my grandparents in Poland. We had a blast baking it together. At the ripe age of 83, my grandpa is giving baking a try. It’s never too late to try something new. Baking it together is a memory that both him and I will hold in our hearts for every and next summer we’ll baking something different.

 

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Other posts you may like from the Polish cuisine:

Honey Bread- https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/honey-bread/

Cooked Cheesecake- https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/pascha-cooked-cheesecake/

Polish Donuts- https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/paczki-polish-donuts/

Pierogi- https://thesweetworldsite.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/polish-meat-dumplings-pierogi/

 

10 Comments Add yours

  1. pepperjax says:

    This looks amazing! I’m going go try this with peaches. Thanks for sharing!☺️

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    1. Let me know how it turned out! I hope you like it just as much as I do

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  2. This looks great! My other grandmother was Polish but absolutely hated cooking so I’m always looking for authentic recipes to try from that side of my family. I’ll have to give this a try!

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    1. Let me know how you like it! It is amazing. I post some polish recipes, so I hope you find them delicious 🙂

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  3. LifeAmazing says:

    I’m saving the his recipe. Thankyou.

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  4. Until reading your blog, I didn’t know of yeast cake, but thanks to your wonderful entry it’s now a “must-try” recipe. Great story, too, about your grandfather – having a history makes food just a bit more delectable, don’t you think? Oh, and a question about wet yeast. In your experience, does wet yeast produce a different taste or texture than does dry? Something I’m attempting this autumn calls for wet yeast, and I’m curious if it makes a difference.

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    1. The flavor should be the same whether you use wet or dry yeast. I use dry yeast mostly because it doesn’t spoil easily like wet yeast and it’s very cheap. I hope you enjoy my cake! Make sure to let me know your thoughts on this cake

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  5. Thanks for the advice! I never have tried wet yeast, though its draw is irresistible now that my curiosity has stirred.

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  6. My son-in-law is Polish, will make it for him. Thsnks

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    1. Let me know how he likes it 🙂

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