Happy New Year everyone!!! I wish you all warmth and love and prosperity in 2014. It’s been a very cold week here in the centre of Canada and I have been hibernating. In my own little world…..
… sneaking out very quickly… to take some pictures that manage to make minus 40 degrees beautiful….. and to kick my and your New Year off right I’ve decided to share with you one of my favourite and most popular recipes. The Medovnik…. I promised staff at work that I would bring in a cake for tomorrow… to finish off our holiday festivities and this is the one I chose to make.
When I made it for the folks at work I also make a mini one out of some of the dough…. I knew I wanted to take pictures of it… and it’s not exactly that photogenic without being cut into – and I wanted to make sure it tasted good without having to cut into the one I’m taking to work… and yes… it’s YUMMY! I see why it’s one of the most sought after recipes. It was surprising to me to see how many hits this recipe has been getting… and consistently over time. So I googled it and came up with a couple of interesting sites.
In Perth Australia it’s an entire business…. here you go…The Honeycake and Radio Prague talks about Honey Cake Fever where one business sells over 20,000 of these on average a month and that was back in 2004! I almost feel guilty giving the recipe away… but not really…
Typically when I want to make something I search the internet or my cookbooks and get a sense of how people make something and then go for it. So more often than not most of my recipes are a combination of several. I had misplaced the origins of this particular recipe and was serendipitously able to discover recently.
The original recipe of this cake comes from a czech website and can be found at ekucharka in Czech but there are several all over the internet. I’ve only made this one so I can’t speak to the rest.
The last time I posted this was March 31, 2012…. it was one of my first posts so the pictures were awful…. this post does the cake justice. To save you from going back and looking at the terrible pictures… the recipe is reposted below….. Happy New Year everyone!
- 450 grams Flour
- 180 grams Icing Sugar
- 180 grams Unsalted Butter
- 1 Egg
- 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- 6 tablespoons Honey
- 4 tablespoons Cream
- 1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder
In a double boiler warm mix with a hand mixer, the butter, sugar, egg, honey and cream for about 5 minutes. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda and cocoa powder. Then mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and let sit for about 10 minutes covered with plastic wrap. At this point it should be a nice cookie dough consistency and you should be able to roll it out onto parchment paper without it sticking. If it’s too sticky then let sit another 5-10 minutes or use a little bit of flour to keep from sticking.
On parchment paper draw an 8 inch circle and roll out approximately 160 grams of dough into a circle onto the paper to bake. Roll out 7 same sized circles and bake each one for 6 to 7 minutes at 350 degrees.
Once they are baked set aside and cool on wire rack. These can be baked ahead of time and kept in fridge for up to a week or frozen for up to a month.
(The amount of dough will not be exact for the cookies, bake the extra amount and later grind it up with the nuts to coat the outside of the cake)
** Use the extra pieces of cookie and once baked, grind with nuts to use to cover the completed cake.
- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 200 grams of Unsalted Butter
- 70 grams roughly chopped walnuts or pecans
To make the cream you must first boil the can of sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours, in the can. The timing for this is not exact, but the longer you boil the darker the caramel becomes. I boiled mine for 3 hours and it came out a nice rich caramel color. Do not open until several hours later when the can has cooled sufficiently. I would boil the day before I want to use it. This process caramelizes the milk. You can boil several of these, as they will keep for as long as the canned milk would.
Once you have the caramelized milk, blend 1 can with the butter until creamy. This will be used between the layers and to coat the cake.
- 1 ½ Tablespoons of Sugar
- 150 ml of Water
- 50 ml of Rum (or more depending on taste, with this amount you won’t actually taste the rum)
Mix the rum, sugar and water in a bowl and reserve. (I’ve actually just watered down some rum and left out the sugar… the cake does’t really need extra sugar given the cream is sweet enough)
Layer the cookies thus, lay the first one on a plate, and brush the rum water on the top of the cookie then cover with cream and sprinkle with the chopped nuts. Brush both sides of the second and subsequent cookies with the rum water and cover with the caramel butter and nuts until all the cookies have been layered.
Cover the whole cake with the caramel cream and then with the cake/cookie crumbs and nuts. Place in the fridge for a least 4 hours or overnight to set and allow the cream to soak into the cookies to ensure that it isn’t crunchy. Once the cream soaks into the cake and it has had a chance to sit, it will remain moist and perfect for over a week in the fridge even uncovered. In fact the longer it sits the better…. so it’s a great make ahead cake for a special occasion.