Jewish-Italian Coffee Cake

La Brazadel


The brazadel (the bracelet) refers to cookies or cakes with a hole in the center in the shape of a bracelet.
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 snack.


         Jewish Brazadel



The Jewish Brazadel Recipe


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 cooked.
Invert in a lined serving dish, cool and serve with cappuccino or with a sweet wine.