Cseresznye Kalacs (Dark Sweet Cherry Loaf)

by Who’s The Kitchen Fairy – Click the title to see the recipe!

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Hungary has tons of Kalacs (sweet loaf) varieties, especially with walnut, poppy seeds, dark cherries, and sour cherries as filling (s). A month in Hungary is always like 10 kg gained for me, seriously 😅😅😅

These days, everywhere I look while grocery shopping is sweet dark cherries, so I have been baking Kalacs at least 3 times a week, for the past couple of weeks now. My husband can finish 1 whole loaf himself in a day (or by one sitting!!! But don’t tell him I told you so 😂), so yeah, a.lot.of.sweet.loaf lately 😁

I turned my go to dark sweet cherry loaf recipe into veganized version and I am happy to say I found a sweet success and have been making a lot of variation from the following recipe 🙂

It is originally a Hungarian sweet bread/loaf (Cseresznye Kalacs) which of course would be with dairy, but the veganized version is as best, even better maybe, since my husband keeps asking me to prepare it 😉

Give it a try and see if you like it too 😀

For the filling, you can sub the juice with cherry liquor/wine if you can find a good and vegan one(s)!

Dough:

Heat 1 c unsweetened almond milk for 50 seconds in microwave (lukewarm), then stir in 1 tbsp coconut oil to dissolve.

Add in 1 tbsp sugar and 2 tsp active dry yeast, stir

Let stand to bloom, 5 minutes

In a separate bowl, place scant 3 c flour, mix with 2 tbsp sugar, 1 envelope of vanilla sugar, and 2 tbsp icing sugar, plus a pinch or two of salt. Make a well in center

Pour in yeast mixture, knead to a lump of dough
Then rub and knead dough with 2 tbsp coconut oil

Cover with cling wrap and let rest in warm area for 30 mins

Meanwhile, prepare the filling!

Filling:

Into a pan, place 2 c pitted fresh dark cherries with 3-5 tbsp sugar, and 1/4 c sour cherry nectar. Bring to boil for 2 mins then take out cherries from pan, leaving juice. Simmer juice for mins, stir often.

Add in cherries again and cook for another 5 mins til cherries soften and juice a bit thicken.

Take off from heat.

Let’s work on the dough!

Place an aluminum foil or parchment paper on a baking sheet, set aside

Roll dough to rectangle, then spread cooked cherries and it’s juice on the dough, plus 1 c fresh pitted and halved cherries.

Roll to loaf and place on prepared sheet. Rest in warm area for 45 mins

Preheat oven to 350 F

Meanwhile, let’s make egg wash! (Vegan obviously)

Mix 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar with 1 tbsp red kidney beans aquafaba (homemade is best, because I made mine 😂) Brush this eggwash on the loaf and bake for 25-30 minutes

Cool on rack, slice, enjoy.

Yummo!

Cseresznye Kalacs

Veganized Hungarian cherry loaf

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 c flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 envelope of vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • a pinch or two of salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Filling

  • 2 c pitted fresh dark cherries
  • 3-5 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 c sour cherry nectar
  • 1 c halved cherries

Egg Wash

  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp red kidney beans aquafaba

Instructions

  • Heat 1 c unsweetened almond milk for 50 seconds in microwave (lukewarm), then stir in 1 tbsp coconut oil to dissolve.
  • Add in 1 tbsp sugar and 2 tsp active dry yeast, stir. Let stand to bloom, 5 minutes
  • In a separate bowl, place scant 3 c flour, mix with 2 tbsp sugar, 1 envelope of vanilla sugar, and 2 tbsp icing sugar, plus a pinch or two of salt.
  • Make a well in center
  • Pour in yeast mixture, knead to a lump of dough
  • Rub and knead dough with 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Cover with cling wrap and let rest in warm area for 30 mins
  • Once dough is doubled in size, roll flat
  • Into a pan, place 2 c pitted fresh dark cherries with 3-5 tbsp sugar, and 1/4 c sour cherry nectar.
  • Bring to boil for 2 mins then take out cherries from pan, leaving juice.
  • Simmer juice for mins, stir often.
  • Add in cherries again and cook for another 5 mins til cherries soften and juice a bit thicken. Take off from heat.
  • Halve more fresh cherries and make up to 1 C
  • Spread cooked cherries and it’s juice on the rolled flat dough, followed with the halved fresh cherries
  • Roll to loaf and place on prepared sheet. Rest in warm area for 45 mins
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Mix 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar with 1 tbsp red kidney beans aquafaba (homemade is best, because I made mine ?)
  • Brush this “egg-wash” on the loaf and bake for 25-30 minutes
  • Cool on rack, slice, and enjoy.
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