Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Russian Plait

I doupt that this cake has anything to do with Russia. I think it's just a name given by to it. At least my sister-in-law Татьяна does not know it (and I don't think it's because she's not really Russian but of Udmurt origin). But segs wies well (as we Swiss say), here is how to make a Russian Plait.

Everything starts with a simple sweet yeast dough: sieve 300 g flour into a bowl, add half a tsp salt, 3 tbsp sugar and 60 g soft butter. Dissolve 20 g yeast in 1 dl milk and add 1 egg. Pour the liquid into the middle of the bowl. Knead to a smooth dough. Let it rest covered at room temperature to double rise.

For the filling mix 150 g ground nuts, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 grated apple, zest and juice of half a lemon, 4-6 tbsp milk.

Roll out dough (rectangular, 3 mm thick, 28 cm wide). Spread first some apricot jam onto the dough and then the filling. Roll up neatly and cut almost in half along the roll.

Make a nice plait.

Bake for 30-40 minutes at 220°C/428°F. While still hot, glaze with a icing sugar and lemon juice mixture.

It is recommended to let yeast pastry rest for up to 2 days before serving. This intensifies the flavour (according to my sister, who knos such things).


Mickle in NZ said...

Oo, that looks beautiful. I doubt it would last for 2 days with me.

I have all ingredients here and I do need to make bread tomorrow ..... will have to exert willpower to follow Marlene's advice!

Anonymous said...

Just looking at the pictures makes my mouth water. Lovely.

Gauss Jordan said...

I love the presentation! What's the texture like?