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Breudher - Dutch New Year's Cake
« on: December 30, 2009, 04:11:02 am »
Breudher is a rich, buttery yeast cake (or maybe more of a sweet bread?) baked in a fluted mould which I love to cook for New Year's Day. I first heard of Breudher in a lovely old cookbook I bought second hand somewhere, named 'Love and A Wooden Spoon.' I completely agree with the author, Charmaine Solomon, on her thoughts about New Year's Eve...

"On New Year's Eve I really like being at home in the quiet of my kitchen, up to the wrists in flour. I just have this feeling that it's a good way to start the year, doing something as basic and comforting as making bread. As I knead and mix and bake I get to thinking that in spite of the gloomy headlines and the unpredictability of life in general, nothing is going to happen that, with God's help, I can't handle."
 

[Except these days I don't have to be up to my wrists in flour, because Thermy does the hard work for me!!!]

This is my version of Charmaine Solomon's recipe... it makes plenty so you can share some with friends - two large, three medium-sized or four small cakes. Bake in a baba mould, or kugelhupf pan, or tube pan, or if all else fails, loaf tins or deep cake tins. Serve it with slices of cheese and fruit, for a delicious New Year's Eve supper, or for brunch on New Year's Day.

[Note: grind 250g spelt grain first in dry bowl to make wholemeal flour, and set aside for later.]

1. Mix in Thermomix for 2 mins, 80, speed 4:
- 130g rice/almond milk

- 3 tsp Rapadura or 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp salt
- 90g butter


2. Add:

- 360g cool water
- 1 T dry yeast
Mix at speed 4 until yeast is dissolved.


3. Add, beating until smooth on speed 6:
- 200g white spelt flour
- 250g wholemeal spelt flour


4. Add and mix on speed 6 until a soft dough forms:
- 450g spelt flour (plain/wholemeal/mixture)

5. Knead on interval setting for 2 mins. If there is too much dough for the bowl, remove half and knead in two lots. If the dough is too soft the motor will begin to labour and you will need to add some more flour through hole in top of lid as it mixes.

6. Place dough into greased bowl and turn dough over so top is greased. Cover with plastic wrap, leave to rise until doubled in size. Clean out Thermomix bowl.

7. While dough is rising, mill for 10 secs on speed 9 :
- 120g Rapadura

8. Fit butterfly attachment, and add:
- 300g soft butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix on speed 4 for 30 seconds, until light and fluffy. Remove butterfly.

9. When dough is ready, punch down and add to creamed mixture in small pieces with Thermomix running at speed 6. Beat until all dough is incorporated, assisting with spatula. (If it seems a bit much for the speed, use interval speed.)

10. Remove half of mixture to a bowl. To the half of the mixture left in Thermomix, add:
- 2 extra large eggs (or three small), beating on speed 6 until incorporated. Remove to large bowl. Repeat with other half of mixture (4 eggs in all) then add to mixture in large bowl.

11. Stir in by hand with wooden spoon:
- 1 1/2 cups sultanas

12. Generously butter cake tins. Put mixture into tins, but don't fill more than half full, as they rise a lot!!
Place tins into cold oven and leave to rise for 10 minutes. Turn oven on to 170 C (350 F) and cook for 30 minutes or so, until golden-brown on top and a skewer in the middles comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 mins, then turn out on wire rack and cool a bit more before cutting.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2009, 12:40:55 am by quirkycooking »
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Re: Breudher - Dutch New Year's Cake
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2009, 06:36:30 am »
Thanks Jo - just looking at that book 2 days ago - know exactly where it is amongst the many - lots of little anecdotes and recipes from a woman who has had an interesting life in various parts of the world.

Came into our marriage with MrsT who went on a trip to Malaysia with Charmaine and Reuben many years ago.

MrsT has some favs in the book.
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Re: Breudher - Dutch New Year's Cake
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2009, 07:36:45 am »
That is so cool!!!  Did she keep in touch with them?  I really love that recipe book - I use the chicken and rice soup recipe a lot too!  :)
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Re: Breudher - Dutch New Year's Cake
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2009, 08:01:39 pm »
Did I miss something?

How long does it bake and at what temp?
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Re: Breudher - Dutch New Year's Cake
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2009, 11:19:43 pm »
Ah - yes - Jo will add it later - but if anxious to try

11. Generously butter cake tins. Put mixture into tins, but don't fill more than half full, as they need room to rise. Leave in warm place until doubled in size.

12. Heat oven to 170 C (350 F). Bake cakes for 30 mins, or until risen and golden-brown on top, and a skewer in the middle comes out clean. If browning too quickly, place foil over cake. Cool in pans for 10 mins, then turn out on wire rack and cool before cutting.

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http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com/2008/12/breudher-dutch-new-years-cake.html
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Re: Breudher - Dutch New Year's Cake
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2009, 12:42:40 am »
Oops!  Sorry about that!  I've fixed it now.  (I cut and pasted from my blog, and forgot the last bit!)  Thanks guys!  :)
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