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Potica Coffee Cake

Ingredients 

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 3 large eggs (separated, reserve the egg whites)
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup chopped dates
  • ¾ cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Reserved egg whites

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • Heat butter and milk over low on stovetop until butter has melted. Cool to lukewarm.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and beat in the egg yolk. Blend in the cooled milk mixture.
  • Sift in the flour, salt and sugar. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight.

FOR THE FILLING:

  • The next day, blend together walnuts, cinnamon, sugar, dates and milk for the filling in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until mixture thickens. Let cool.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff and slowly add in the 1 cup of sugar. Fold into the cooled walnut mixture.
  • Divide dough into two equal pieces and dust each with flour. Roll out (one at a time) to make an 18-inch circle. Pour half of the walnut filling onto the dough and spread out over the dough and roll up jelly-roll fashion.
  • Carefully place into a bundt pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Repeat with the second half and carefully place that half on the other side of the pan, overlapping the first half.
  • Place on stovetop and let rise for 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Cool in pan for 15 minutes and then invert to a cake plate. 

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • Place the powdered sugar in a medium-size bowl.
  • Add the heavy cream a tablespoon at a time until you reach the consistency you’d like your icing or drizzle to be.
  • Add the flavor extract of your choice. Mix well.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  • Serve fresh for best results or reheat slices in microwave for 30 seconds prior to serving to retain moistness.

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