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I am missing a few accents in the title, this Swedish sandwich cake is actually spelt, Smörgåstårta and is of course a salute to all things sandwich…and so pretty! Which is why it appealed to me in the first place. I have (as some of you know) reached the ripe old and mature age of Grandy hood…and so there has been a baby shower and as we are expecting a little girl to be welcomed into the Holder family, the baby shower had to be appropriately pretty and this fit the bill exactly! Rather than fiddle around with patching loaves together to fit the round cake that I was after, I decided to make my own bread, so this is part one of Smörgåstårta, (cue the drum roll….) The Loaf!
60g fresh yeast
200g brewed Crio Bru liquid
3 tbsp malt powder as found in For Foods Sake
2 tbsp honey
400g wholemeal flour
400g bakers flour
3 tbsp Crio Bru dry granules (As opposed to reserved wet granules from your morning cuppa)
Place yeast, Crio Bru liquid, water, malt powder and honey into Thermo bowl and warm 2 min/37ºC/speed 1.
Add half each of the flours and all the Crio Bru granules. Blend 15 sec/speed 6.
Add remaining flour a little at a time, kneading 1 min/Interval after each addition, to a total of 4 minutes. If your machine is struggling, remove half the dough, knead 2 min/Interval. Remove from bowl, repeat with remaining dough and knead the two amounts together by hand on a Silpat mat. Wrap tightly and allow to prove.
Line the base of a 23cm spring form tin with baking paper and grease the sides. Shape dough into a large round and place into tin to rise. Preheat oven to 220ºC. Bake 20-25 minutes or until well risen, golden and sounding hollow when tapped. Cool completely before cutting into 3-4 layers. (This will depend on how much rise you managed to achieve!!)
I actually made this loaf the day before and then filled it and frosted it on the day of serving. I would definitely do it that way again and recommend you do the same if possible. OH, and the bread would be perfectly fine as just plain old bread…I confess I ate the crusts (which are removed for Smörgåstårta and I smothered them in fresh butter, as I hi-hoed into making the sandwich!!)
Part two, which consists of basic method of construction, fillings, and frosting is coming soon…stay tuned.