Monday, July 12, 2010

German Butter Cake/Butterkuchen

Hmmm, I promised my german friend Sabina that I would bake something traditional for her one day! I didn't really know what to make so I started searching on the internet and I found this gorgeous yeasted sheet cake that smelled so wondeful while being baked!!! I wouldn't say it's simple to make and takes no time, but I am so happy I went for it. Sabina loved it, so did my roomies and yeah I'm sure you will love it too.

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  1. Ingredients:

    4 1/2 cups flour, divided
    1 cube of fresh yeast or 1 package dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp.)
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 cups lukewarm milk (110°F)
    1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
    1 cups butter, divided
    1 egg
    2 tsp. cinnamon


    Place 4 cups of flour in a mixing bowl and make a hollow in it with the back of a spoon. Crumble fresh yeast or sprinkle dry yeast in the hollow, fill with the lukewarm milk, add a pinch of sugar and mix a little to incorporate some of the flour. Let the sponge sit in a warm place for 15 minutes.

    After the yeast is activated and showing strong growth, add the egg, 7 tablespoons of softened butter and 3/4 cup of sugar to the milk and mix the dough, incorporating the flour as you go. You may also use a stand mixer for this step. Continue mixing until the dough is smooth and forms a ball. Add a little more flour if necessary. Form dough into a ball, place in a greased bowl, turning once, and cover. Let rise 15 to 30 minutes.

    Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness on a lightly floured board and transfer to a jellyroll pan (10 x 15 inches). Let it rest again for 15 minutes while preheating oven to 375°F.

    Dimple the top of the dough all over, using your fingers or the back of a wooden spoon. Mix 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon together and sprinkle evenly over dough. Cut 9 tablespoons of butter into small flocks and spread it evenly over the dough.

    Bake for 25 minutes, or until cake is done and the sugar/cinnamon mixture has melted together and caramelized a little. If you feel the need, turn on the broiler for the last 3 minutes of baking, watching carefully so that the topping does not burn.

    I added some almonds after 15 minutes of baking!


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