Sweet yeast rhubarb cake

The time runs so fast. I baked this cake a day after the trip to Honest2Goodness Market.
I have tons ideas for posts I think I just need to find a machine that can type while I think…
In meantime I finished reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” and started “The Paris Wife” recommended by Adrienne.
This cake is a lovely, simple recipe. A sweet yeast cake would be a staple Sunday recipe in many homes in Poland. It’s probably because it is such a good base for different variations. It goes well with most fruits, you can add chocolate if you fancy it and when your pantry is empty crumble is still enough. It can make nice breakfast with some butter. It’s great for making French toasts.

Sweet yeast rhubarb cake

Recipe from White Plate blog

For cake

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 150 g sugar
  • 20 g fresh yeast (or 10 g instant)
  • 1 cup milk, lukewarm
  • 470 g plain flour
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 65 g butter, melted
  • 500 g rhubarb or other fruits

For crumble

  • 180 g plain flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 125 g butter, melted

Line a 30×30 cm pan with parchment paper.
In a big bowl mix egg yolks and sugar until light.
In a 1/2-liter bowl or jug mix yeast and pinch of sugar. After a while they will become liquid. Add milk and leave it until it become frothy.
Add the yeast mixture to the egg mixture and mix it.
Add flour, lemon zest, melted butter and mix until combine.
The recipe doesn’t call for proper kneading, but I kneaded the dough briefly with a mixer. You can use a wooden spoon as well.
Leave the dough to rise for one hour or until it doubles in size.
Flatten it, transfer it into the pan and leave to rise for another hour*.
Prepare crumble – mix all the ingredients until you get crumbles.
After 30 minutes or so arrange the fruits at the top of the dough and sprinkle with the crumble. Allow to  rise for another 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and leave it to cool.

*If you in a hurry you can skip this step. Instead after preparing the dough transfer it straight into the pan, leave it to rise and arrange fruits after 30 minutes, let the dough double in size and follow the rest of the recipe.)

Sweet yeast cake
A version without fruits