Chocolate spice traybake (Berliner Brot)


    A delicious and traditional German Christmas traybake that tastes even better after several days. However, this never happens in my family because they disappear in no time unless I hide them.


    Pennsylvania, United States
    12 people made this

    Makes: 30 slices

    • 115g soft butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 170g dark brown soft sugar
    • 75g cooking chocolate
    • 200g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon rum
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 100g coarsely chopped unpeeled almonds
    • 1 egg white
    • 100g icing sugar
    • 3 tablespoons water

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Beat the butter with the whole eggs and the sugar until foamy. Grate the chocolate very finely and add it, together with the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, rum and cloves. Fold in the almonds. You might want to use a very sturdy wooden spoon, as the dough gets very thick.
    3. Spread the dough on a greased baking tray. Dipping the blade in water helps spreading it evenly. Beat the egg white and brush it on the dough.
    4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Carefully move the entire uncut block to a large cake rack. When it is slightly cool, return it to the baking sheet.
    5. Mix the icing sugar with 3 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Spread the icing on the uncut block while it is still warm and immediately cut it into slices. Leave the slices together until entirely cool and the icing is set. Store in an airtight container with parchment or greaseproof paper between each layer.

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