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Placek (Polish Coffe Cake)

Dough Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup margarine or butter
  • ¼ cup warm water (105-115°)
  • 1 pkg. yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 4 - 4½ cups flour

Step #1

  1. Scald milk in saucepan on stove, then stir in sugar, salt, margarine. Set aside and cool to lukewarm.
  2. Dissolve yeast in water.
  3. Mix milk mixture with yeast in large bowl.
  4. Stir in egg and half the flour.
  5. Beat until smooth and add remaining flour to make a stiff batter.
  6. Grease 9 x 13 dish and press dough into pan.

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup margarine (softened)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Step #2

  1. Mix flour, sugar, margarine, and cinnamon until crumbly.
  2. Sprinkle over the top of the dough.
  3. Cover loosely with foil and place in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight.

Step #3

  1. Remove from refrigerator and allow to rise 1 - 1½ hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375° then bake for 30 minutes or until done.

Note: This recipe was handed down from my Polish grandmother to my mother and then to my wife. This is a family favorite. I'm not sure how this started, but we especially like to cut out a square of placek, slice it through the center, then butter it and add in a piece of Honeybaked ham. Heavenly! I have pesonally known five generations of Nowak family members that have enjoyed this recipe. Now it's your turn.