Yeasted Sugar Cake

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“This cake is not overly sweet, with a slight yeasty flavor ... perfect to serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Recipe is from Serious Eats.”
1hr 55mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Stir the yeast and 1 teaspon of the sugar into 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining sugar, and salt. Add the yeast mixture, milk, and eggs and beat until smooth. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter and beat vigorously until the batter is silky. Scrape down the sides, cover, and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Lightly butter a 9-inch cake pan. Stir down the dough, scrape it into the pan, and pat it into a disk of uniform thickness. If possible, soften the remaining two tablespoons butter even more in a microwave or by letting them sit atop a hot stove for a minute. Rub this softened butter all over the dough and then sprinkle with the brown sugar. Leave the dough to rise 30 minutes more and preheat the oven to 400.
  4. Bake the cake until well risen and the sugar has begun to melt and brown, about 25 minutes. The surface should be covered with cracks. Let cool briefly. Unmold and serve warm. (Cake can also be split and reheated in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes or so.).

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