Thursday, October 11, 2012

Danish Chocolate Streusel-swirled Coffee Cake

Is this a cake? Err... maybe not. I'm not too sure of the definition of coffee cakes but personally, I think that this doesn't seems to be a cake to me at all.

I'm baking these Chocolate Danish bread for The Home Bakers and this is the tenth bake for this event. THB is an baking event organised by my friend, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking all recipes from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe has been baked from this book.

I'm not too sure why Lou named this bread as a coffee cake. Or maybe this bread has to be named as a coffee cake so that the recipe can be included in her "Coffee Cakes" book... Seriously, I am happy that she did this because this recipe is really fantastic!

Being a health freak, I wasn't very happy at first seeing that I need to use 2 sticks of butter for this bake. And so, I have decided to use 1/3 of the recipe to bake this "cake" and baked them into individual Danish breads instead of one or two loaves. After baking, I'm now very satisfied and happy with all my bakes and can truly appreciate the "beauty" of this recipe.

Having a large proportion of butter, this brioche-like bread dough is more oily than most traditional bread dough. The clever part of this recipe that it has transform an buttery bread into a Danish pastry-like bread by using the chocolate streusel to form swirls and layers inside the dough. With these layers of chocolate, these breads taste like Danish pastries... Very delicious!

Now, is this a bread? or a Danish pastry? A bread that looks like a Danish pastry but contain less butter than a Danish pastry. Is this a beauty?

My Danish chocolate streusel-swirled BREAD... coffee cake? Nay!
The chocolate streusel filling for this bread
Shaping my bread
Happy with the shape of my bread :D
Before and after baking...
Love this beautiful bread texture... It tastes like a Danish pastry!
Being the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can post the recipe in her blog post. Please visit Anuja from Simple Baking for the detailed recipe of this bake.

And, here are the notes and modifications that I made for my bake.

My ingredients list (which is 1/3 amount of the original recipe)

"Cake" Dough
1 tsp dry yeast
100 ml water
20g sugar
60g butter
a pinch of salt
2/3 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
225g bread flour + 1 tbsp bread flour
1 tbsp milk powder

Chocolate Streusel
40g sugar
12g all purpose flour
30g butter
(increased from 15g to 30g for a less crumbly streusel)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon

Egg wash
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp milk

Using this amount of ingredients of the above recipe, I've baked 6 swirl breads at 190°C fan forced for 20 min.

Modifications that I have made from the original:
  • To make bread dough, I've placed all my ingredients into my bread-maker and use "dough" setting to knead and prove the dough for 1 hr in the bread-maker.
  • I have used bread flour instead of all purpose flour to make the dough.
  • I have replaced the milk into to the dough with the same volume of water and 1 tbsp milk powder.
  • I have increased the amount of cocoa powder in the streusel from 2/3 tbsp to 1 tbsp.
  • Instead shaping the bread into a large loaf, I have adapted the bread shaping technique from the book, The Second book of Baking for Beginner by Carol (in Chinese language) to make my bread into 6 individual swirl breads. Although I was lousy with my Chinese language and got lost in translation in my previous post with this book. LOL! Luckily, this shaping technique is easy to follow as there is no translation involved. LOL- again!
  • Instead of using egg white and sliced almond to glaze and top the bread before baking, mine were brushed with my version of egg wash.
Happy Baking

53 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness these look amazing! Is it possible I smell them coming through the screen? Have a fantastic day!

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  2. I love how you've presented it, so cute & lovely. This is indeed a yummy recipe & I'm glad that I've made it too. But for us it's not buttery enough to be danish! LOL

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  3. wooow this looks absolutely delicious and beautiful..Love the way you presented..

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  4. Looks fantastic! Would be difficult to call it bread..but no matter how you call it, it's a gorgeous treat!

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  5. It looks more like cinnamon bun to me and it looks yummy.

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  6. This is so cute. I love the idea of making individual danishes. Yup this recipe is a keeper! The buttery light bread is so heavenly.

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  7. These are so cute and I would love to bite in one of these!!!

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  8. Delicious, I too made version of coffee cake, even though it is cake, it has yeast in it. You done very well and beautiful.

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  9. Mmmm... looks like I've got to try making this too! Thanks for highlighting your modifications!

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  10. Hi Zoe, this looks fabulous and definitely a "must try"Thanks for your recipe. Yes, I prefer to experiment with small portion too otherwise too wasteful. G'day

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  11. Hi Zoe, I love how beautifully your bread is shaped! It looks like the danish sold in bakeries. My kids enjoyed this bread, because of the chocolate. But yes, the amount of butter worried me as well... guess I will only make this once in a while.

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  12. What a gorgeous bake! Love your heart shaped ones:)

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  13. It's definitely a very cute fan shaped danish pastry..must be so delicious with the chocolate streusel...Brilliant Zoe!

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  14. Seriously! The picture itself is reason to bake one.

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  15. I think I died and went to heaven, and there, instead of clouds, were these. Which look like everything i love in food and more! Who cares what it is, I love the shape, they're fantastic!

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  16. Love this cute shape you made yours in!

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  17. Super idea to make these into small rolls! Looks wonderful! I made half a recipe and it was a huge loaf! We enjoyed this bread/cake too, for me it is a bread!

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  18. So delicious , Zoe ! Love the texture of that bread !

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  19. pretty rolls like those fantails! i see that you are also using a higher temperature to bake yours but much shorter time and i can see the fluffiness in your loaf! great job, zoe!

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  20. It looks fantastic, once again your photographs, superb!

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  21. Hi Zoe! These Danishes look amazing and almost resemble butterfly wings. I am a health freak as well and am totally “sugared out” from a week of birthday cake and muffin baking. I stopped by my favorite juice place after the gym today and picked up a kale and bok choy juice so I could get a “mini” nutritional boost before all the cake eating tonight.
    Xoxo,
    Jackie

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  22. you have made these perfectly. The pastry looks soft and just the perfect colour. Wonderful post!

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  23. Aiyoh, Zoe, this is the cutesr danish choc streusel swirled cake that I've seen so far, ok ok, the idea is taken, hahaha! Eh, you are so creative, I like it! Really really! I can imagine to make my Asian-flavoured bread in such a shape, yeah!

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  24. I loves these types of pastries. Your's looks AMAZING!

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  25. I had this some time ago in a hotel when having company meeting, was thinking of it these few days then I saw your post today. What a great thing, yours look delicious, I have bookmarked this.

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  26. Woooh baby! This looks so mourish. These would last 2 seconds out of the oven!

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  27. I bet it's the filling that makes it cake like - it's a very coffee cake filling.

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  28. I'm looking for more breadmaker recipes and this looks so good. The swirl looks so beautiful too.

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  29. Hi Zoe,
    Amazingly delicious your pictures are and I love the way you folded and cut your streusel. Great idea for packed snacks or for quick breakfast without have to cut it up, just grab and go (great for me as I am always running late) ;)

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  30. Hi Zoe,
    Amazingly delicious your pictures are and I love the way you folded and cut your streusel. Great idea for packed snacks or for quick breakfast without have to cut it up, just grab and go (great for me as I am always running late) ;)

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  31. Gorgeous bakes, my dear! Glad we're connected in bloggersphere :)

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  32. Zoe, I really swallow my saliva back to throat. So salivating. Nice job.

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  33. Zoe, It's cute and delicious looking delight :)

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  34. Ohh these looks so delicious! I've never made anything Danish hehe :) But would love to try some of these ~ thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe~

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  35. Love the shape of your bread! Thanks for the tutorial! Lovely results you got there! Hope my comment goes through cos the first one got eaten!

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  36. Just mouthwatering....looks delicious!

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  37. Lovely coffee cake! I love your version very much:) Bookmarking for future bakes:)

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  38. Gosh, this looks so nice! The flavor must be tremendous, and it looks so pretty. Really nice job with this - thanks so much.

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  39. Oh my goodness these look fabulous...and quite frankly I'd imagine that they're completely irresistible, especially when warm! I could definitely see these on sale in a bakery! :-)

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  40. It looks so yummy, I don't care what you call it...it looks delicious!

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  41. Hi Zoe, I agree it's a bread not a cake. Your bread looks very pretty and delicious, like those from a bakery!

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  42. This has my name written all over it. Can't you see my name on them? ;) I will have to make now that the weather is baker friendly in NYC.

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  43. Wow! Zoe this is amazing! I am so sorry I was not able to make it this month :( But I will definitely try it in the future and I will make your version! It looks so gorgeous!!

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  44. can you give me proper conversions in cups ounces etc for us USA bakers? I had one recipe where the conversions via the web were so varied, I had no idea which was correct.( I stink at math too)

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    1. Hi Sue,

      I realize too that there are many different versions of conversion charts and so I have standardized my conversion based on the standard Australian chart which is mainly in grams and ml. To me, 1 cup = 250ml. This means that 250ml of flour is 150g. Cheers!

      Zoe

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    2. thank you for the response. I do not have or wish to buy the milk powder. can I swap out the water for milk? Can you also give me the proper conversions for us americans(me)for the sugar , butter, flour? I had one recipe were the flour conversion was 2 cups, another place it was written as 4 cups. needless to say the recipe was a huge flop. I want to make this for a party in 4 days and would like it to work. I might add choc chips? would appreciate your help. thanks in advance.

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  45. Hi Sue,

    Sorry for my late reply as I was away for a small Christmas break.

    The original list of ingredients published in the book is as follows and you might wish to take these as your reference:

    1 package active dry yeast
    1/4 cup warm water
    pinch of sugar, plus 6 tbsp
    12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp ground cardamon
    3 large eggs
    4 1/2 to 5 cups all purpose flour
    1 cup warm milk

    chocolate streusel
    2/3 cup sugar
    1/4 cup all purpose flour
    3 tbsp unsalted butter
    2 tbsp cocoa powder
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    To me, 1 cup of flour is 150g and 1 cup of sugar is 220g, 1 cup = 250ml and 1 tbsp = 15ml.

    Hope that your bake will be successful. Cheers!

    Zoe

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