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Breakfast style bread

trocergian 1 | 2  
5 Feb 2008 /  #1
I am trying to figure out the name of this breakfast type of bread I remember from my youth that my parents used to pick up from a Polish bakery.

It was a sweet type of bread, baked in a loaf style, with a real crusty shell, and had raisins in it (which I always picked out!). I believe it was called something like (phonetically):

plots-ick Platzik(?)

Does that sound like anything anyone has ever come across?

Thanks for any leads!
michal85 - | 15  
5 Feb 2008 /  #2
I think you may be referring to 'Drozdzowka' with raisins.
5 Feb 2008 /  #3
Placek? (which is a sort of flat cake, often with fruit or some kind of topping). Could it have been babka?
plk123 8 | 4,148  
5 Feb 2008 /  #4
was this in PL or TX?
Piorun - | 658  
5 Feb 2008 /  #5
t was a sweet type of bread, baked in a loaf style, with a real crusty shell, and had raisins in it


I use to love it when I was a kid. Chałka with butter and hot chocolate.
5 Feb 2008 /  #6

Wonderful when fresh, just plain.

If it is a day old or so, a nice layer of margarine / butter, to give it a little moisture.

The local deli / bakery uses some kind of cheese? for the crumbly topping, but the kids usually pick it off before I get there.
OP trocergian 1 | 2  
7 Feb 2008 /  #7
The bakery I'm was referring to was actually in Batavia, NY USA.

While the name doesn't sound anything like I recall the bread being called, that Chalka does look sort of like it. The loaf wasn't "knotted" like that but was done pretty much like it was baked in your basic loaf pan. It did have some kind of crumbly topping on it.

Does the Chalka have a yellowish tint to the bread itself? I distinctly recall the bread having a yellowish hue to it.

Thanks for all the help so far, I really appreciate it.
7 Feb 2008 /  #8
yellowish tint

Yes. The one in our local deli/bakery does.
OP trocergian 1 | 2  
7 Feb 2008 /  #9
Well, now I'm just getting more confused.

Using inkrakow's note about Placek as a search point I came across this reference to a recipe: polish babka (placek), which seems to say that placek is just another name for babka. Placek definitely sounds like what recall the bread being called so maybe what I remember really is a babka.

Looks like I will need to take a trip to the polish bakery in town and do some tasting research!
7 Feb 2008 /  #10
If it's not chałka, then I think it has to be

'Drozdzowka' with raisins,

or maybe an oversized "bułka maślana" with raisins. I don't think it's babka, as it is much more crumbly than drożdżówka, which is quite elastic. Also babka that I know doesn't feature the crumbly and sweet "kruszonka" on top.
Piorun - | 658  
7 Feb 2008 /  #11
Chałka when it’s a day old or so, makes a good "French Toast". Served with syrup and fresh fruit like strawberries it’s delicious.

And yes it is yellowish.
20 Mar 2008 /  #12
In Buffalo it was also called 'Platzik'? I've been searching for recipies or bakeries in my area. there were raisins on the inside and a crumbly top--which was not quite like struedel
tygrys 3 | 295  
20 Mar 2008 /  #13

wojobeada - | 8  
20 Mar 2008 /  #14
I'm from the Buffalo area--we called it placek (sp?) too. My mom and grandma used to make it and we all just called it coffee cake. It was in the Easter basket but my mom died two years ago and no one knows how to make it. Makes me want to go to the Broadway market and get some.
Ranj 21 | 948  
20 Mar 2008 /  #15
Well, now I'm just getting more confused.

You should PM Sledz.....there's a store in Chicago that has every type of Polish bread there is....he sent me a few loaves (he's Da Man:)....anyway, it's a Polish grocery store and chances are, whatever you are looking for, he will be able to find it!
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
20 Mar 2008 /  #16
ciasto (placek) drozdzowe(y)
23 Mar 2008 /  #17
my babci used to make this wonderful bread with goklden raisins and butter crumb topping, I need the recipe please because I want to make it but have no recipe.

My relatives are all deceased and I don't know where to get it from so I can make it like "BABCI" used to make

mania from east rochester
24 Jul 2008 /  #18
It sounds like you're referring to Babka.
6 Feb 2009 /  #19
my grandmother and mother have made this bread for years, they call it polish bulka bread. the crusty sugary part on top is my favorite. this bread is just pure heaven to eat.
6 Apr 2009 /  #20
Have you found this Polish Coffee Cake (bread) yet?
I am from Buffalo also and I know exactly what you mean and I have a fantastic recipe.
It make 4 loaves and is sooooooooooo yummy.
6 Apr 2009 /  #21
Hi ..I am from Buffalo NY too. I have an authentic makes 4 loaves. and is wonderful
6 Apr 2009 /  #22
I have an authentic recipe

Please share it with us!
jeanit - | 1  
6 Apr 2009 /  #23
OK, I have the receipe for the sweet Polish Breakfast Bread....It makes 4 loaves...
6 Apr 2009 /  #24
So share it with us, either in this thread or the other one!
berni23 7 | 379  
6 Apr 2009 /  #25
I think you may be referring to 'Drozdzowka' with raisins.

Sounds right to me

Very similar to the French Brioche.
10 Apr 2009 /  #26

susan's crumb kuchen coffee cake (placek)
My wife Susan's crumb kuchen coffee cake recipe, a variation on a classic yeast-based Polish placek, from her home neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. In Susan's family kuchen is a traditional Easter morning treat, with butter from the Malczewski market butter lamb, and sautéed smoked and fresh kielbasa sausages with horseradish and Weber's mustard.
andybaker - | 2  
15 Apr 2009 /  #27
I make a ton of these. I call them Polish Coffee Cake. Usually with Thomson Seedless Raisins and at the holidays I also make them without raisins too. Is this what they look like?

  • Polish Coffee Cake
15 Apr 2009 /  #28
i've never met an american of polish descent outside of buffalo who knows what platzik is. my mom has a recipe if anyone would like it.
10 Sep 2009 /  #29
Thanks for posting the recipe. My husband's great aunt (who lives in the Buffalo area & is of polish descent) makes a "platzik" for us everytime we visit Buffalo or someone comes down to visit us. I'm feeling shy about asking her for the recipe, because I thought she might feel like it's not as special for her to make us the bread if I could just do it myself.
polkamaniac 1 | 482  
10 Sep 2009 /  #30
My wife makes this bread for easter and vigilia and yes it's called "czałka"

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