Friday, January 10, 2014

Traditional Polish chocolate cake with chocolate glaze (Murzynek)....

I'm pretty sure that everyone, but everyone living in Poland came across that cake at least once in their life time. Well, if you actually came across that cake you'll then make it your business to come across it again - it's SO good! So very chocolaty, moist and I absolutely LOVE the glazing! But I'm warning - if you'll be like me - there's a danger that you'' eat the glaze before you'll have a chance to cover the cake with it! ;)
So please, pretty please - DO try making this cake! And if you won't like it (which I probably won't believe in ;) ) please do let me know about it. Nothing more to add so... ENJOY!




How to make it...


Ingredients:
- 250 g unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon Nutella (you can omit Nutella but then add extra tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 7 tablespoons water
- 3 whole eggs, separated
- 1 1 /2 cup self-raising flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180 C and prepare the baking tin (traditionally a long, loaf like tin will be used for this cake, but I personally prefer my cakes round). On a medium heat, in a pot (big enough to fit all the ingredients in) melt the butter, sugar, water, cocoa and Nutella. Keep stirring (wooden spoon works the best here) until everything is dissolved and combined (you'll have a glossy and smooth chocolate sauce like mixture). Take 3/4 cup of that chocolate mixture and put aside - that is your glazing (how simple is that?! - again I'm warning: don't eat it all!). Put the pot with your chocolate mixture aside to cool down. In the meantime bit the egg whites until stiff. When the mixture is cool add the egg yolks and mix well. Gradually add the flour and baking powder, stirring constantly. When all the flour is incorporated gradually and slowly, folding rather than stirring add beaten egg whites. Transfer the cake batter into prepared tin (carefully trying not to lose the air from the eggs). Bake for about 1 hour until the cake skewer comes completely dry. Don't over bake the cake as it won't be so soft and moist. When the cake cools off slightly pour over your chocolate glaze (if it cooled down too much and is too thick put it into a microwave for 15 seconds so you can spread it more evenly). Leave to cool completely before serving.

Smacznego!


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8 comments:

  1. With a glass of milk, I would like that...

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    1. Yes, murzynek IS perfect with a glass of warm milk :)
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.

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  2. What is the oven temp for the US?

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    1. Hi,
      you can find all the conversions here:
      http://www.anulaskitchen.com/p/cooking-conversions.html
      For this specific recipe it's 350°F = 180°C = gas mark 4
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.

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  3. Hi. First I must explain how awful I am at baking. Everything I try to make usually goes wrong. So I was pretty apprehensive when my husband asked me to make one of his favourite childhood cakes...murzynek. He found the recipe on your site for me and I agreed to give it a go. It was simple to follow and I felt pretty confident. I'm happy to report the cake came out fabulously and tasted wonderful. Thank you so much. My husband was very happy.

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    1. Hi Stacey,
      I was so happy to read your comment! I'm glad it worked well for you and your husband approved. It's also one of my favourite childhood cakes and the only one that my Mum makes - she can't bake anything else! ;) Hope your confidence is better now and you'll try baking more (maybe even you'll give a go another of my own recipes).
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.

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  4. I am from poland. It is look so good.

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