Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Boleima: a cake made with bread dough

It might sound strange to you, if I say that one of the ingredients of this wonderful cake is raw bread dough

It doesn’t sound strange to me because I grew up eating this cake. Boleima it’s traditional from my grandparents’ little village, where people didn’t have much access to a lot of ingredients and had to rely mostly on their imagination to bake...

This is a dense cake, kind of chewy, with a tight crumb, very aromatic and with a slight tang (from the bread dough). I personally love it!

This recipe was given to me by my cousin that got it from her mother. My cousin always buys the bread dough to make it, but I make my one. This time I decided to experiment with the master recipe from the book Artisan Bread in five minutes a day and it worked beautifully!

BOLEIMA

  • 250 gr (9oz) bread dough (raised)
  • 250 gr (9oz) flour
  • 250 gr (9oz) sugar
  • 125 gr (4.5 oz) lard, softned (you can use butter)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lemon (peel)
  • Cinnamon sugar* (for sprinkling)

It’s so simple to make! You just mix all the ingredients and you’re done! I’ve used my hands, because I’m a hands-on kind of person, but a mixer or a spoon are fine too.

The batter is a bit odd for a cake, since it’s quite elastic. I’ve baked mine in a square 20cm (8inch) pan, buttered and floured. One important step is to heavily sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the batter before baking. Gotta love a crunchy top!

For the Cinnamon sugar* I’ve used 4 tsp sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon. Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for about 20m or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean and the top is golden.

This is the plain version, but there’s also Boleima de Maçã (Apple Boleima) that is made by putting half the batter in the pan, covering it with a lot of sliced apples, walnuts and cinnamon sugar, and then top it with the rest of the batter. I think that version is even better, but since I was trying a new bread dough and wanted to keep it simple. Still it’s great!

Now all you need is a cup of tea! Have you ever tried a similar cake?

47 comments:

Suzana said...

Eu ADORO este bolo e não como há anos! Vou ficar aqui cheia de desejos o resto da noite...

Colloquial Cook said...

WOW! WHERE are you going to stop Rita? Bread dough cake? This is INSANE. OK, enough already with the capital letters. Thumbs up for the traditional recipe. We need more of this! I know I'd kill for a slice of this before I go to bed. And I have a batch of fig/spelt ABin5M in the fridge... ohlala!

Natalie... said...

Ooh wow?! This is definately different! Bet it was so yummy!

VeggieGirl said...

SOOOO interesting!

Dawn said...

clever little baker you.
yes, I would love to try this.
tangy cake is good, very good!

Zoë François said...

Hi Rita,

That looks so good, I can not wait to try it! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I love it when people come up with new and wonderful things to do with the dough! :)

Cheers, Zoë

Amanda said...

Looks great to me!!

(I love carbs, what can I say)

Blessings-
Amanda

Susan from Food Blogga said...

It's new and creative! That's what it is.

Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing this.

Juliana said...

Wow, never had this kind of cake...sounds delicious from your description...should try it soon :-)

Katrina said...

This is a new one to me, but it looks really interesting and good!

Marina Mott said...

I was looking for this recipe!! Thanks for share. Love your blog!

Kikiai said...

lol...so...you're parents are "Alentejanos" from where?!...I passed all my summer holidays eating that cake!

pityenlacocina said...

what a surprising cake, i cantwait to try this, it looks so delicious, well done! cheers from london

Barbara said...

I've never heard of this but would love to try it. Your photos are great- they always make me want to go right into the kitchen and start recreating your recipes!

Debbie said...

I've never heard of this before and love trying different cakes and cookies. Sounds terrific!

Dolce said...

Never tried a cake like this so far... I am also very interested in you testing the apple version!!

Ingrid said...

Nope, I haven't but I'd like to try one. It looks wonderful especially that crackly top!
~ingrid

Gloria said...

Me encanta, look amazing and delicious!! gloria

Karine said...

Original and it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

cookies and cups said...

awesome! Imagination baking, love it!

farida said...

This is a very interesting recipe! Thank you for sharing.

Lina said...

Is BOLEIMA a portuguese cake? It looks simple yet tasty!

chriesi said...

Oh how interesting and I am already in love!

The Blonde Duck said...

That sounds like my kind of cake!

Dhanggit said...

thank you for sharing this recipe!! i am always a sucker for unusual dessert like this!!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

That's a fascinating cake. Looks like it's really satisfying. I would love to see what the apple version looks like, because this looks like it would be wonderful with fruit.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Looks like a great cake--very unique and I bet you could add a lot of different variations! I think different culture foods are fascinating!

lisaiscooking said...

Sounds delicious, and the cinnamon sugar on top look great!

noble pig said...

Oooh this sounds nice and comforting, just like home.

Cakebrain said...

This looks delicious! I never thought to use bread dough for cake! what a fab idea!

Adam said...

Funny how we rolled with the same bread dough concept these days... I didn't even spy on you, I swear :) You didn't notice any crumbs missing around you, right?

Hope things are going well for you... I can tell you've been super busy!

Emily said...

I know I would love this. I love bread and cake. And who doesn't love a cinnamon-sugar topping? Gread job!

morgana said...

Me encanta!!! Y me ha recordado a mi niñez. Cuando iba a pasar los veranos a casa de mi abuela, en el pueblo, teníamos una panadería al lado. Algunos domingos yo me acercaba a comprar la masa de una barra de pan y mi abuela la convertía en tortas finísimas que después freía y espolvoreábamos con azúcar y canela (la encargada de esa labor, era yo, claro). Si llego a conocer esta receta entonces... ¡¡¡ Anda que no la habríamos disfrutado !!!

Celeste said...

Yumm! This looks delish! Loving your blog and great pics....

-Cheers
Celeste

CookiePie said...

What an interesting idea and a lovely cake! I love cake like this, with a nice cup of tea.

Lisa said...

Is it a bread or a cake? Who cares..it looks so moist, crispy and delicoius with that beautiful crumb and crust. Yet another boookmark!

zenchef said...

Nope. I don't believe you about this cake. So i think i just have to come and try it for myself. Can you serve it with one of your delicious ice creams? Yes? I want that too!.. Two scoops.

I know. I'm very demanding. :)

Hi Rita darling! How are you? :)

comoju - Cova said...

In Galicia (Spain) is very typical one cake like this, made whit bread dough and I think they are very similars... look the photos

http://comoju.blogspot.com/2009/04/bica-mantecada-de-trives.html

I´m going to try make this one

Aparna said...

I have never ever heard of this bread cake! And it has set off my curiosity.
I shall be trying this soon. Just one question. Do you think the ABin5 recipe is best here or would you recommend any other bread to use in this cake?

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

This and the apple version both sound delicious. I do appreciate that the recipe calls for the always wonderful lard!

Ana Grabish said...

Yummm! I would love to try this cake. It's funny you mentioned "Artisan Bread in five minutes a day" because I've been meaning to try their basic recipe just to see if it's really that easy to make fresh bread everyday... (i'm not much of a baker, hence my fear to try it). Do you think an amateur baker can pull it off easily like the book promises? Beijinhos Natalicios!

Annie said...

mmmmmm...i must try this recipe!

Jean's Laptop said...

Really?
I have just come across the recipe using this dough. It MAYBE very good..will try this soon.

Sofia Arcângelo said...

Olá :) I love this cake :) I found this blog today and became a huge fan of it!! Congratulations for your wonderful and yummy blog! :)

julie said...

I made your boleima today and it's delicious! Thank you for the recipe :-)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Great!!! Thanks for the feedback!