cinnamon roll cake with a crunchy almond topping
conchas, visit a hispanic bakery; they are large, fluffy sweet rolls with a crunchy cinnamon topping that has a shell pattern to it. a buttery cinnamon mixture is spread on the dough and then the dough is cut into 2"x 24" strips. the strips are continuously wound around each other to make a giant spiral of dough and filling. it is placed in a 10" cake pan and allowed to rise so that it fills the pan.
bienenstich, bee sting in english, which is made of layers of cake with custard filling and a crunchy almond topping.
makes 1 (10") cake serving at least 12
1 1/4 cup milk
1 package yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg, at room temperature
about 4 cups all purpose flour,
cinnamon filling, recipe follows
crunchy almond topping, recipe follows
gently heat the milk to about 100 degrees F. add the yeast and stir it to combine. allow the mixture to sit until the yeast starts to get foamy. add the sugar, salt, butter, egg and about 3 cups of the flour and mix to make a soft dough. using the dough hook with the machine on medium low, continue to add enough flour that comes together and forms a smooth that cleans the sides of the bowl. continue to knead the dough for about 5 minutes then place it in an oil bowl to rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
while the dough rises, make the cinnamon filling and set it aside at room temperature until needed. when the dough is ready, remove it from the bowl and place it on a large flat surface. using a rolling pin and a small amount of flour, roll the dough out to a long rectangle measuring 10" x 24". spread the filling evenly over the surface. using a pizza wheel/pastry wheel, cut the dough into long strips measuring 2" x 24" each. starting with one strip, roll the dough up into a spiral and place it in the center of a 10" heavy gauge aluminum cake pan (not a spring form pan) that has been greased and lined with parchment paper -grease the paper too. take the remaining strips of dough and continue to wind them around the spiral to make a giant cinnamon roll. cover the cake with plastic and allow it to rise until it fills the pan, 1-2 hours or place it in the fridge overnight, take it out and allow it to sit at room temperature for about an hour before baking. while the cake rises, make the almond topping recipe. just before baking, spread the topping evenly over the cake almost to the edges. preheat the oven to 350 and bake until a pick inserted comes out clean and the internal temperature in the center is 195 degrees F.
allow the cake to cool on a rack for 10-20 minutes. place a plate over the cake, invert it, remove the paper and cover the bottom of the cake with another plate and invert it again. drizzle a little white glaze over the cake if desired (1 cup powdered sugar mixed with a tablespoon or two of milk to form a glaze with the consistency of honey).
cinnamon filling recipe
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup all purpose flour
in a small mixing bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon until fluffy. add the egg and mix well. sift the flour over the mixture and combine to form a smooth, spreadable batter. keep at room temperature until needed.
crunchy almond topping
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons wildflower honey, or other light honey
1 tablespoon half and half
3/4 cups sliced almonds
place the butter, brown sugar, honey and half and half into a saute pan. heat over low heat until the butter melts. turn the heat up to medium and bring to a gentle boil. allow the mixture to boil for about 2 minutes, stir in the almonds and remove from the heat. spread the topping over the cake so that it covers the top but leave a half inch border around the edge to prevent it from running down the sides of the cake and causes sticking.