Jewish-Italian Coffee Cake
The brazadel (the bracelet) refers to cookies or cakes with a hole in the center in the shape of a
The Brasadel is a coffee cake baked by the Jewish population who lived in great numbers in the area around
Ferrara. Jewish food goes back a long time and in ancient history, Jewish cooks had been much sought-after for
their expertise and professionalism.
This Jewish coffee cake recipe is worth trying to bake and to enjoy for breakfast, after lunch or dinner, or for a
The Jewish Brazadel
Place 3/4 cup of raisins into a small bowl.
Cover with hot water to allow them to become soft, about 10 minutes.
Drain and set on the side.
Mix in a large bowl:
3 ½ cups sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda
Pinch of salt
3 medium eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup of plain yogurt or sour cream
A few drops of vanilla
Mix well and pour half of the batter into a buttered and dusted 10 X 3 ½ inch Bundt pan, a tube pan, (use a spring
pan if available).
Sprinkle on top ¾ of a cup of seedless raisins.
Pour the remaining batter and sprinkle on top of the cake 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean indicating it is
Invert in a lined serving dish, cool and serve with cappuccino or with a sweet wine.