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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Polish Placek Coffee Cake #FoodieExtravaganza


    When I saw that this month's theme for Foodie Extravaganza was coffee cake, I knew I wanted to do something fun and a little different.  With this year's Easter Open House being a brunch theme, I had the perfect venue to serve lots of coffee cake! Nana's family is Polish, so I thought it would be fun to try out another fun Polish recipe.  The babka from I made last year around Easter was so fun, I knew there had to be more delicious Polish recipes that would fit the bill.



   There were quite a few fun versions of Polish placek out there.  All started with a rich yeast dough, full of butter and eggs. Then they are topped with a crumb topping called Kruszynki.  Most were baked in loaf pans and they all looked delicious.  I found a recipe on a Polish parish's website that was from a newspaper clipping dated March 17, 1966.  This is Mrs. Mary Lipinski's recipe of 124 Colt Street, city unknown.  It seemed like Mary might know a thing or two about placek, so I knew this would be the recipe I would go with.



    This is a large recipe, meant to yield 4 loafs.  I wanted to bake it in rounds instead, giving it more of a coffee cake feel.  Plus, I just love to bake in my cast iron skillets.  It yielded the perfect amount of dough to make 1 12" cake and a 9" one as well.  You could certainly cut it in half and make 2 loaves or maybe a couple of 8" rounds.




Polish Placek Coffee Cake
Makes 4 loaves or 1 12" and 1 9" round
Serves 32

Part One Ingredients;

2 cups scalded milk, lukewarm
2 T sugar
3 cups flour
1 T dry active yeast

Part Two Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 T salt
4 cups flour
2 tsp vanilla

Kruszynki (Crumb Topping):

1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients in the part one list.  Cover with a towel and let rise for a half hour.
  2. In your mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.  Add sugar and beat until completely combined.  Add eggs one at a time, beating between each addition.  Add flour, salt and vanilla and mix until just combined.  
  3. Stir together the yeast mixture and the butter mixture until if form a soft (and very sticky) dough.  Place in greased pans and let rise until doubled in size.  Don't let them rise over 3/4 of the way up the pans, so they don't go over while baking.
  4. In a small bowl, mix sugar and flour for crumb topping.  Use a fork to cut the butter into the sugar, flour mixture.  Sprinkle over dough.
  5. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes for loaves and 35-45 for cast iron skillets.  Mary says not to over bake them because the dough will get dark. 


      It's Foodie Extravaganza Day and this month's theme is Coffee Cake with Caroline from Caroline's Cooking is hosting What is Foodie Extravaganza? It's when a group of bloggers get together and make a recipe using one main ingredient. Where do we get the ingredient? We look at The Nibble and pick something off of their list. You can check out our group Pinterest board for past recipes. If you're a blogger, you can join along with us by requesting to join on our Facebook page. Now, on to the goodness being shared this month:






  • Almond Raspberry Cake by Food Lust People Love

  • Blueberry vanilla coffee cake by Fearlessly Creative Mammas

  • Cappuccino Cake by G'Gina's Kitchenette

  • Caramel Coconut Coffee Cake by cookinandcraftin

  • Classic Coffee Cake by Basic N Delicious

  • Coffee Cake Cookies by Sew You Think You Can Cook

  • Coffee Cake in a Jiffy by Our Good Life

  • Coffee Cake Muffins by I'm Hungry

  • German Beer Coffee Cake by Wholistic Woman

  • Gluten free hazelnut pear cake by Caroline's Cooking

  • Kärleksmums (Swedish Coffee Cake) by Tara's Multicultural Table

  • Lemon Thyme n Mint Loaf by Baking in Pyjamas

  • Orange Coffee Cake with Pecan Streuse by A Day in the Life on the Farm

  • Polish Placek by Cooking With Carlee

  • Simple Coffee Cake by Sneha's Recipe

  • Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins by Making Miracles

  • This recipe is shared at Meal Plan Monday

    46 comments:

    1. Looks like a winner Carlee!! I bet it was amazing...I love that is was more of a bread...am I right? It kind of reminds me of an Amish sweet bread recipe I used to make!

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      1. It definitely has a dense bready texture, like a bread/cake hybrid! I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with yeast recipes lately. They used to intimidate me!

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    2. Oh my goodness, Carlee! This coffee cake sounds SO GOOD! And I love that you got it from an old newspaper - such a cool way to discover a new, delicious recipe!

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      1. Thank you! I love making vintage recipe, even if the instructions are a bit hard to follow sometimes!

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    3. This sure is an interesting cake make! I will bet it goes well with coffee too <3 Well done Carlee!

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      1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun to make!

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    4. I love finding Polish recipes for my husband and his family. I will be making this for the next get together. Thanks Carlee.

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    5. This looks yeasty and wonderful! I bet it would be great for breakfast with some coffee! Thanks!
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      1. Thank you! It would be perfect for having a few ladies over to chat over coffee!

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    6. Love that you made this in the cast iron skillet! Definitely going to give this cake a try.

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      1. Thank you! I love cooking and baking in my cast iron skillets!

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    7. This looks great Carlee, perfect I can imagine with a large cup of coffee.

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      1. It is great with coffee! Thanks, Laura!

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    8. This looks great and I bet it's really tasty

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    9. Wow Carlee, that cake looks incredible! Gimmie a fork! It sounds like you put a lot of work into this recipe. Love that it's from 1966. :-D

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      1. Thanks, Michele! It was a lot of fun to figure out which one I wanted to do and I was very happy with how it turned out!

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    10. I love anything in a cast iron skillet! Sorry, short comments today. Migraine. Thank you for sharing. Yummed!

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      1. Me too! I hope you kick the migraine soon, Marilyn. They are the worst!

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    11. Wow I don't know anything about Polish food but was very interested in your lovely photos, details and recipe! The bread looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Funtastic Friday and look forward to more of your creativity!

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      1. Thank you! I didn't know much about Polish food beside pierogi before I married my husband. It has been fun to learn more about a great culture!

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    12. I'm confused, should this cake have coffee in it or is it to be eaten with a cup of coffee? There is no coffee in the ingredients you gave. Thanks

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      1. I am sorry for the confusion. It is meant as a breakfast cake, or one to be served with an afternoon tea or cup of coffee. It isn't as sweet as a traditional cake.

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    13. This looks so good, Carlee! I have been anxious to stop by and see what the recipe is for that delicious photo that kept catching my eye. Very unique and interesting! Must try!

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      1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun to make (and eat!)

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    14. This looks so interesting, I've never seen a cake like this but I can almost taste it with my coffee! Thanks so much for linking up at You Link It, We Make It - we hope to see you back this week!

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      1. It is great with a nice hot mug of coffee, thank you!

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    15. A beautiful cake baked by you Carlee. I am going bake this soon, bookmarking it.

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    16. It's so funny how much overlap there is between different nationalities! My family has a strong german background and this recipe is similar to one we make on special occasions called kucha. I've also seen it called kuchen. That whole region really loved sweet dough desserts with custard! I'm really excited to give this a try and see how closely it compares! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at You Link It, We Make it!

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      1. It is fun to see the overlap and similarities, isn't it? I've never made a kuchen. Now I really want to try both too! Thanks for hosting.

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    17. I don't think I've ever had Polish placek, nor have I used yeast in a coffee cake before, I will have to try it, it sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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      1. I have a new found love for babkas and sweet breads, so it was fun to try this variation. I hope you enjoy it, thanks for hosting!

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    18. I totally pinned this! It sounds so yummy!

      I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

      Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    19. My mom's side of the family is Polish, can't wait to give this one a try!

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    20. Coffee cakes are always good! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Merry Monday. Sounds scrumptious.

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      1. Yes they are! Thanks for hosting!

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    21. Hello Carlee, we are so happy to have featured this recipe at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J&J!
      Have a wonderful week. :)
      Julie xo

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    22. In the instructions for part 2 it mentions adding cream. It is not listed in the ingredient list. Please clarify.

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      1. I meant it as a verb. I changed it to say beat so there isn't any confusion! Sorry about that! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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