Now this was fun!
This month's Daring Baker's dare was to make Povitica, a eastern european coffee cake. I found this to be really interesting because it's a very versatil recipe. The base is a yeast dough that is rolled very thin then smothered with filling before being rolled up to form some really cool swirly patterns. Traditionnaly the filling is made with walnuts but this month walnuts were too spendy for me so I made two filling with stuff I already had in my pantry.
So here's the recipe as given to us by Jenni of The Gingered Whsk
"To activate the Yeast:
1 Teaspoon (5 ml/4 ½ gm) Sugar
½ Teaspoon (2½ ml/1½ gm) All-Purpose (Plain) Flour
¼ Cup (60 ml) Warm Water
1 Tablespoon (15 ml/7 gm/¼ oz/1 sachet) Dry Yeast
1 Cup (240 ml) Whole Milk
6 Tablespoons (90 ml/85 gm/3 oz) Sugar
1½ Teaspoons (7½ ml/9 gm/1/3 oz) Table Salt
2 Large Eggs
¼ Cup (60 ml/60 gm/½ stick/2 oz) Unsalted Butter, melted
4 cups (960 ml/560 gm/19¾ oz/1¼ lb) All-Purpose Flour, measure first then sift, divided"
Here are the recipes for the two fillings I made:
3 small apples chopped up really small
1/2 cup homemade cardamon syrup
Crème de marron: This is long and tedious to make but I did. It's delicious, worth it, but you need to have time.
Before anything else sort out the chesnuts that have worms...yuck!
First you need to peel off the exterior shells.
Then you need to boil the chesnuts for 20min.
Now you need to peel off the interior skin.
Once this very tedious job is done it's time to make the crème de marron
It's actually pretty simple from this point on.
Cook the chesnuts down with water and lots of sugar and some vanilla until it's mush.
I use my hand blender to purée it smooth.
I spread the crème de marron all over the dough then sprinkled some jaggery over the top.