Traditional (Yeasted) Coffee Cake

    5 hours 10 minutes

    This is a slightly unusual recipe for a cake which requires yeast. Try it - it will become a family tradition for you too.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 (7g) packet active dry yeast
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1 cup scalded milk
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 4 cups plain flour
    • 125g butter, melted
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 125g butter, melted

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:4hours rising  ›  Ready in:5hours10min 

    1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water.
    2. In a large bowl, mix milk, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Mix in 1/2 cup melted butter. Add dissolved yeast mixture. Add the flour and mix well.
    3. Turn dough out on floured board. Knead until smooth, about 10 to 15 minutes. Place in greased bowl and cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch dough down. Turn over, and let rise again for 45 minutes.
    4. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon. Form dough into walnut-sized balls. Dip each ball in melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar. Pile loosely into a 25cm ring tin. Cover and let rise again until about double in volume. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
    5. Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees C. Reduce temperature to 180 degrees C and continue baking an additional 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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    If you're ever up in the middle of the night and can't sleep, make this cake. It takes HOURS to make and to roll out the little balls, but it's completely beautiful and tastes great. I highly recommend it if you have the time!  -  23 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I would have given this a five for it's taste, appealing crunchiness and looks, but there has to be something wrong with the recipe instructions. How can you knead dough that's the consistency of cake batter? Since it obviosly wouldn't have worked, I didn't knead before the first rising, but I added flour and kneaded before the second rising.  -  21 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This cake was somewhat difficult to make, however it has crunch and its fluffy. Very delicious flavor! I loved it.  -  05 Jan 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)