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Šakotis with Honey Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 6 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey

Special equipment needed:
- Šakotis mold
- Stand mixer or hand mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- Small saucepan
- Pastry brush

Step-by-step instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
3. Add the vanilla extract and salt, and mix until well combined.
4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and cornstarch.
5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until a smooth batter forms.
6. Grease the Šakotis mold with butter or cooking spray.
7. Pour the batter into the mold, filling it about 3/4 full.
8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
9. Remove the Šakotis from the oven and let it cool in the mold for 5-10 minutes.
10. In a small saucepan, heat the honey over low heat until it becomes thin and runny.
11. Remove the Šakotis from the mold and place it on a wire rack.
12. Using a pastry brush, brush the honey all over the Šakotis, making sure to cover it evenly.
13. Let the Šakotis cool completely before serving.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45-50 minutes
5. Temperature:
375°F (190°C)
Serving size:
8-10 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 450
Fat: 22g
Saturated Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 155mg
Sodium: 140mg
Carbohydrates: 59g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 36g
Protein: 5g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Cornstarch can be substituted with potato starch or tapioca starch.
- Honey can be substituted with maple syrup or agave nectar.

- Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (such as walnuts or almonds) to the batter for added texture and flavor.
- Replace the honey glaze with a chocolate glaze made with melted chocolate chips and heavy cream.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the butter is softened before creaming it with the sugar to ensure a smooth batter.
- Use a pastry brush to evenly distribute the honey glaze over the Šakotis.
- Let the Šakotis cool completely before serving to prevent it from falling apart.

Storage instructions:
Store the Šakotis in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the Šakotis, place it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-10 minutes, or until warmed through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the Šakotis on a platter or cake stand, garnished with fresh fruit or edible flowers.

Fresh fruit, edible flowers, powdered sugar, whipped cream.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Suggested side dishes:
Fresh fruit salad, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the Šakotis is sticking to the mold, grease it more thoroughly with butter or cooking spray.
- If the Šakotis is not cooked through, bake it for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Food safety advice:
Make sure all ingredients are fresh and properly stored. Wash hands and utensils thoroughly before and after handling food.

Food history:
Šakotis is a traditional Lithuanian cake that is typically served at weddings and other special occasions. It is made by pouring batter onto a rotating spit and baking it over an open flame.

Flavor profiles:
The Šakotis is sweet and buttery, with a hint of vanilla and a sticky honey glaze.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the Šakotis as a dessert or as a centerpiece for a special occasion.

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Region: Lithuanian

Taste: Sweet, Creamy, Nutty, Honeyed