The Romanian traditional cake for all holidays
Preparation time: 30
minutes Cook Time: 45
Ingredients for 3 loaves
16 g dry yeast or 60 g
250 g chopped or ground
1 kg flour
300 g white sugar
500 ml milk
250 g melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cocoa
½ cup raisins
50 ml sunflower oil
In a sauce pan pour the milk, sugar,
and butter and heat over medium heat.
Don’t boil them, just melt the butter and
dissolve the sugar.
To activate your yeast, add 2
tablespoons of warm milk, 1
tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoons
flour to a bowl. Mix them well together
then add your fresh yeast or 2
packages of dry kind (16 g). Let it sit
for about 10 minutes.
Go back to the milk mixture; add the egg
yolks and mix. Save the egg whites for the
filling. Pour the flour into the bowl of your
mixer and add milk mixture, yeast mixture and
raisins. Mix everything for about 5 minutes.
The dough will be quite sticky so don’t panic.
When it is well incorporated, take the
dough, oil it a little bit so it doesn’t crack and
place it inside a big bowl to rest and rise.
Cover with a cloth or some plastic wrap and
wait until it doubles in size, that’s about two
hours or so.
While you wait for dough to rise, it is
time to get the filling ready. In a bowl
add the walnuts, sugar and cocoa
powder then mix them.
Next step is egg whites. This is easy
actually, so use a mixer and beat them
until stiff. Add the walnut mixture to
the egg whites and mix them well
Then grab the dough and cut it into
three equal pieces. Roll out each piece
into a long rectangle, the width should
be the width of your pan.
Use one third of the filling over the
rolled out dough, and spread it evenly.
Roll up the dough.
Place the roll seam face down into a well oiled
or buttered bread pan. Let them double in size
again for about 45 minutes. Brush them with
egg wash and sprinkle some sugar over them,
if you really want.
Preheat the oven to 180° C and bake them for
35 to 45 minutes, depending on size. Do not
open the oven in the first 25 minutes. If, in the
end, they seem to begin to burn, you can
lower the heat. Remove from oven and let
cakes in forms 10 minutes more.