Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chocolate Krantz Cake - Yeasted Cake

It's so interesting when the first time reading this recipe, combination between cake and bread ! To me, the recipe is not complicated at all, but it requires time and patience, but that’s not very different from baking bread.  And don't be bother to cut a half of recipe, at the end you will find out that worth it to bake this recipe ... :)

Chocolate Krantz Cake Recipe
Source : Jerusalem Cook Book - Yotam Ottolenghi


530g plain flour

100g caster sugar

2 sachets (14g) dried yeast

zest of 1 orange

3 free-range eggs

120ml water

1/3 tsp salt

150g unsalted butter, softened

sunflower oil for greasing

Chocolate Filling
50g icing sugar

30g cocoa powder

130g dark chocolate (using the good quality chocolate only, - I used 'Giradelli' )

120g butter, melted

100g pecans, roughly chopped ( I used almond)

2 tbsp caster sugar

260g caster sugar

160ml water


In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, yeast and zest and mix together using your hands or a food processor with the dough hook. Add the eggs and water and mix for a few minutes until the dough comes together. Add salt and start adding the butter, a cube at a time, letting it all melt into the dough. Mix for five-ten minutes, until you obtain an elastic, smooth and sticky dough.

Grease a large bowl with sunflower oil, place the ball of dough into it, cover with cling film and leave to rise overnight or for at least half a day.

The next day, start by preparing the chocolate filling. Mix the icing sugar, cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate and melted butter. Beat until you get a smooth, spreadable paste.


Grease two 2lb loaf tins and line the bottom with parchment baking paper.

Divide the dough into two parts, work one part on a floured surface, leave the other part covered in the fridge.

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough onto the surface, then trim the edges with a knife to obtain a 38cm x 28cm rectangle. Spread half of the chocolate filling over the dough, leaving a 2 cm border all around. Sprinkle half of the pecans and one tablespoon of caster sugar.

Brush a little of water over the long edge of the dough on your left. Using both hands, roll up the rectangle like a roulade, starting from the long side on your right, rolling towards the left side. Roll the dough completely into a perfect, thick log, sitting on its seam.

With a knife, trim off 2 cm of both ends. Gently, cut the roll into two, lenghtways, from the top to the bottom. Position the cut sides facing up, gently press the ends together. Lift the right half over the left half. Repeat with the left half over the right half and press the ends together to seal it. Carefully lift the loaf and place into the tin.

Repeat the process with the remaining dough. Then, cover the loaves with a wet tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 1/1.2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 170 °C. After the cakes have risen, remove the tea towels and place them on the middle shelf for 30 minutes.

Make the syrup while the cakes are in the oven. Place the sugar and water into a saucepan over a medium heat. As soon as the sugar dissolves and the syrup starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.

When the cakes are baked and are out of the oven, brush them with the syrup. You may find that there is too much syrup, but the recipe recommends to use it all up.

Remove the cakes from the tins to cool down completely.





Hesti HH. said...

Wooooooowww...cantik cakenya mbak. Seperti roti ya karena menggunakan ragi. Mungkin mirip bluder. Cantik banget gelungannya...

Dewi said...

Looking extremely delicious! I've been meaning to make it for such a long time. Now that the weather is getting hotter hotter here in CA (it's 92 degrees today), I have to put it on hold once again. Argh :(

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Beautiful and so delicious looking! A wonderful afternoon treat.