Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Breudher Cake #BreadBakers

I am extremely excited about this month's Bread Bakers for two reasons. First, I have not participated in Bread Bakers in over a year! During the first 8 months of 2018 I was just very horrible at time management. Other times it would be because I just couldn't come up with a good idea for the theme. And that brings us to the second reason. The theme this month is CATCH UP. And catching up is exactly what I wanted to do. Thanks for hosting this, Pavani!

I really wanted to participate in last November's yeast cake theme but ran out of time. I'm glad that I did though because I would have made something else and would never have discovered this Breudher cake.

Breudher cake is a yeasted cake popular in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. However, it's not exactly Asian but a product of Dutch colonization. I may have spent too much time tracing the roots of this cake. What you need to know is that it is delicious. I thought some kind of glaze would have kicked it up a notch but I did love it as is. It's not very sweet and is definitely something that I'd make several times - adding a twist here and there. The list of ingredients is long but you make the cake in stages so it's pretty easy.

Breudher Cake 

450 grams flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter

140 grams raisins
5 tablespoons of rum

150 grams butter
150 grams sugar
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons rum
2 teaspoons vanilla


Combine the flour, yeast, salt, water, and milk. Knead until the dough comes together into a ball and all the liquid is absorbed. The dough shouldn't be dry. If it's dry, add a tablespoon of water.  Cut the butter in pieces and knead into the dough for about 8 minutes until the dough is soft. It shouldn't be sticky. If it's sticky, add a little flour. Place in an oiled bowl and refrigerate overnight. It can also be left to rise for about an hour or until doubled at room temperature.

Mix the raisins with brandy and set aside while the dough is proofing. I prefer to do this overnight.

When the dough is ready, thoroughly grease a 10 cup Bundt pan. Cut the dough into pieces. I cut into roughly 3 or 4 tablespoon pieces.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add rum and vanilla and beat until mixed together. Add the dough one piece and a time and beat until incorporated. Add the eggs and yolks one at a time mixing after each addition.

Add the raisins and beat until the raisins are distributed in the dough.

Scrape into the prepared Bundt pan. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes. It will not rise much but it will look a little puffy.

When the dough is almost ready, preheat the oven to 325F.  Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely.


This month, we are catching up on old ‘Bread Bakers’ themes we missed out on. Our host of the month is Pavani at Cook's Hideout. Check out what the Bread Bakers have baked up.
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

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  1. What a great opportunity to catch up! Your yeasted cake sounds delicious.

  2. Yum, I love simple, yeasted cakes like this. I agree that a glaze could only make it even better!

  3. Glad to hear that you liked the theme :-) I missed yeasted cakes theme and wanted to try something, but couldn't find a good recipe. Now I have this delicious Breudher cake recipe to make for the next catch up theme :-)

  4. So glad to have you back Kelly. I always love your recipes.

  5. I also participated in limited fashion in 2018 but am set to get back on track in 2019. I for one love learning about the food history so thanks for the info and this looks so delicious - one I must try!

  6. I never tried yeast in cake. Sounds like a great idea!

  7. We've missed you, Kelly! What an interesting method of mixing the initial dough with the other ingredients. I am most intrigued. Also I love the addition of rum to your yeasted cake!

  8. that's an absolutely new yeasted cake for me, Kelly ! and its turned out so well. Glad you could join us this theme...

  9. This is on my to list, your's look so delicious.

  10. Hello Kelly, Loved to read about the cake. Rum, raisins, vanilla....such lovely flavours! This is bookmarked.

  11. Thanks a lot for the information, it will help a lot engagement cakes

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