St John's cake recipe (coca de sant joan)
- Cuisine: Spanish
- Serves 8
Catalonians enjoy this sweet bread on the feast of St John.
Ingredients200ml warm milk
2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
500g (3⅓ cups) plain flour
125g (½ cup) caster sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1 egg, lightly beaten, plus 1 egg yolk, beaten, to brush
50g unsalted butter, melted
60ml (¼ cup) olive oil
2 tbsp vanillin sugar*
2 tbsp crystallised ginger*
2 tbsp glacé cherries*
2 tbsp pine nuts
PreparationCombine milk and yeast. Leave in a warm place for 10 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.
Combine flour, sugar, zest and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and gradually stir in milk mixture, 1 egg, butter, oil and enough warm water to form a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and glossy. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Turn dough out onto a lined oven tray. Gently shape dough to form a 27cm x 32cm oval. Brush with egg yolk, sprinkle with vanillin sugar and decorate with ginger, cherries and pine nuts. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and cake is light golden.
* Vanillin sugar is slightly bitter in taste; substitute caster sugar.
* If you like, substitute candied fruits of your choice for the ginger and cherries.
Photography by John Laurie.
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