Placek

This award-winning placek dessert recipe is courtesy of Karen Gold.

  • Yield: Makes 3 loaves
Placek

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Fall 2007

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 packages Rapid Rise dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, plus more for bowl and pans
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups golden raisins

Directions

  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan until it reaches 110 degrees. Remove from heat; stir in yeast and 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar until completely dissolved. Let stand until foamy, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Transfer yeast mixture to a stainless steel bowl. Add 2 cups flour and stir to combine. Spray a piece of parchment paper with cooking spray and cover dough. Cover parchment with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together 1 1/2 sticks butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, orange zest, eggs, and 2 cups flour.

  4. Change mixer attachment to a dough hook and add yeast mixture to mixer bowl. Mix together on low. With the mixer running, slowly add 2 cups flour and raisins. Butter a large bowl and add dough. Spray a piece of parchment paper with cooking spray and cover dough. Let rise until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.

  5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, use a fork to mix together remaining 2 cups flour, 1 stick butter, and 1 cup sugar until crumbly.

  6. Butter three 9-by-5-by-3-inch (8-cup) loaf pans and divide dough evenly between them; top each with crumbs. Spray a piece of parchment paper with cooking spray and cover dough; let rise until rounded over the top.

  7. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Transfer placek to oven and bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour in pan before removing. Store at room temperature, up to 1 week.

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