POLISH CHRISTMAS CAKE RECIPE — Aleksandra Grabinska (XX)

Do kolacji świątecznej tradycyjnie zasiada się z pojawieniem pierwszej gwiazdki na niebie. Chyba nie da się opisać atmosfery świąt. Wystarczy powiedzieć, że na stole palią się świeczki, choinkę rozświetlają kolorowe światełka, a z kuchni unosi się zapach barszczu i korzennych przypraw.

Christmas celebrations in Poland start when the first star appears in the dark sky on the 24 of December. The family dinner consists of 12 dishes that must not contain meat. I present you with my grandma’s cake recipe that we always have on our Christmas table.

INGREDIENTS:

CAKE CREAM:
– 3 eggs
– 2 cups granulated sugar
–  1/5 cup coffee
– 1 dessert chocolate bar – milk or dark
– 1.5 packet of butter
– 1 Tbsp. alcohol – usually whiskey

DOUGH BOTTOM
– 1 egg
– 7/6  cups purpose flour
–  5/11 cup oil
– 1 Tbsp. baking powder
– 4 Tbsp. granulated sugar
– 1/4  cup sour cream
– Pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Measure out dry ingredients into large mixing bowl (flour, baking powder, sugar, salt). Add
in sour cream, oil, egg and beat until smooth.
3. Brush the baking tray with butter.
4. Roll the dough and put it on the baking plate.
5. Bake for 10 minutes!
6. Place chopped chocolate and the eggs in the heatproof bowl.   Set the heatproof bowl in
a pot with hot water. And stir occasionally, until melted in 2 to 3 minutes.
7. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
8. Then add alcohol, coffee, and melted chocolate bar and mix everything.
9. Pour over dough bottom.
10. Decorate as you please.

HOW TO SERVE IT?
Decorate a cake with fruit on top: blueberries, cherries, and strawberries. You can also use walnuts and almonds. Serve with a scoop of vanilla or pistachio ice cream. Decorate the plate with mint leaves.

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