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Bishop's Bread

Also known as Biskupský Chlebí?ek (“Bis-coop-ski Kleb-eek”). It's a light, slightly sweet cake with a texture similar to pound cake, only filled with coconut, walnuts, chocolate, and candied fruit.

Bishop's Bread

Ingredients

  • Butter and flour for greasing a pan
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of bread flour
  • 1/4 cup of candied fruit
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small bits
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with the butter and flour you set aside for this task.
  3. Using a small saucepan on the stove, melt the butter on low heat until it’s a liquid. Set aside and it allow it to cool down a bit.
  4. In one bowl, mix the candied fruits with the flour. Set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl, whip the egg whites with the sugar until they thicken together.
  6. Stir the melted butter into the egg white/sugar mixture.
  7. Add in the flour/candied fruit combination, stirring gently.
  8. Mix the coconut in, stirring gently.
  9. Add in the chocolate and walnuts, mixing gently until blended.
  10. Pour the batter into your greased/floured loaf pan.
  11. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour.
  12. Remove from the oven when the top is golden brown and the bread passes a toothpick test.
  13. Allow the bread to cool before serving.

Quick Notes

You should be able to find candied fruit in the baking aisle of your grocer.

The best way to get your chocolate right is to buy a bar of bittersweet chocolate, break it up into chunks, and then pulse the chunks in your food processor until they are tiny bits.

When you cool the melted butter, you don’t need to cool it to room temperature, just make sure it’s not piping hot.

Be sure to mix your batter gently once you add the flour in. Your goal is blended, but not smooth. Plus it will help the ingredients stay spread around when you bake, as opposed to sinking to the bottom.

If you don’t know the toothpick test, then you simply stab a toothpick into the hot bread. If you pull it out and it’s clean, then your bread is baked. If it has liquid batter, then keep baking.

Tags: Slovak, Christmas, dessert, fruitcake, sweet

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