My granny was the queen of yeast dough. I cannot recall a single time that her yeast dough was anything else but fluffy, soft, and most delicious. I will never forget her sheet cakes prepared with yeast dough. Complimented with lots of fruit and crumbs, they were always a highlight for me. In low German these sheet cakes are called “plautz” and they have always been one of my favorite. I especially liked trying the middle piece of any sheet cake. This piece gives you a lot of fruit, a lot of crumbs, with just about the right amount of dough. My granny didn’t mind giving me the middle piece of a sheet cake. Which I of course loved. I have been thinking about her famous sheet cakes for a while now. However, since she passed away recently, I knew I had to bake a cake since she was not going to. I inherited her recipe book, which I cherish. But unfortunately, I didn’t find a lot of yeast dough recipes. Probably because she knew it by heart.
Today I am introducing yeast dumplings with plum filling. These yeast dumplings have a lot of names in German, Buchteln, Ofennudeln, Rohrnudeln, Nudeln aus dem Rohr, Wuchteln, the thing you need to know is that this is a slightly sweet yeast dough with a fruit filling. It is served as a dessert, for breakfast and sometimes even as the main course, even though I have never been a fan of sweet main courses. Usually the shape is round meaning that the yeast dough covers the fruit filling from all sides. The balls are then placed in either a round or rectangle casserole. Once baked, they will usually snug together and need to be broken apart. If you like soft and fluffy yeast dough with a fresh fruit filling, how about trying this very German yeast recipe? Continue Reading…
It is a shame that I haven’t posted that many bundt cakes on my blog yet. Seriously, I love bundt cakes, they are so German! And when we moved inside of Germany and I was holding my bundt cake form, I thought, well, it is about time to finally make another bundt cake again! So I decided to go with a fruity one, I love raspberries, so this time I wanted to make a delicious bundt cake with raspberry filling. It is made with yeast dough, filled with raspberries and then rolled up in the bundt cake. The yeast basically does most of the work, so don’t worry, you will have this cake ready in no time!
Many people are intimidated by yeast, but you really don’t have to be. Think of yeast as a living thing, which is actually is. I like to compare yeast to a woman in winter, yeast always likes it cozy and warm, not necessarily hot, but nice and warm. As long as you take care of that and your yeast is active, I promise, it is not that hard to deal with, give it a go!
Once you have the dough prepared, you will roll it out into a rectangle and smear the raspberry filling on top. Think of it as a cinnamon roll, because you do exactly the same, you smear the raspberries on, roll it up, but then you will place this roll into the bundt cake form. I find it so exciting cutting into the rather plain looking cake.
If there is a fruit I like to take pictures of, it is apricots! I am a huge fan of its color. The wall in our living room is in apricot color. Such a nice, warm color. So I am excited to present to you apricots turnover. They taste just the way they look: warm, juicy, summerish, and refreshing. I just love apricots. Funnily enough, the plain fruit is fine, but I usually prefer them baked paired with for example cream cheese.
Today I am excited to say that this is a treat you most likely haven’t heard of if you are not Colombian: roscónes. Sweet yeast bread is already a good start, then add some cool guava paste (called bocadillo in Colombia, it has many other names in other Latin American countries) and you have a very exotic mix. I think only Colombians can create something, which is like breakfast and dessert merged into one piece of deliciousness. Yeast dough? For sure! Fancy braiding of said dough? You betcha! Excotic guava filling? Nothing less!