Natalia from Gatti Fili e Farina was our April 2013 Daring Bakers' challenge host. She challenged us to make a Savarin.

On a April's sunny day, I decided to make it with my son. I was very excited about this month's Daring Bakers challenge, because I never made a Savarin.

I remember when Lisa told us : do not read the recipe too fast....

Oh no!!! I forgot to soak my Savarin, because I was so busy  picking up my daughter who had a sleepover that day and because I read my recipe too fast. The day after, my savarin was a little bit dry.:(

Next time I won't forget to soak it with a syrup, it will certainly be better and  why not a Baba au Rhum

I chose a glaze with apricot jam and decorated it with chocolate. It was good, but looks more like a "brioche" than a Savarin.

Savarin April's challenge

  Wonderful Challenge! Thanks Natalia :)

Ingredients :

  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) (350 gr) bread flour
  • 2 Tbs (30 ml) water lukewarm
  • 6 (320 gr) large eggs at room temperature
  • separated 1/2 sachet (11/2 tsp) (4 gr) instant yeast or 15 gr (1/2 oz) fresh yeast
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) (20 gr) sugar
  • 2/3 stick (1/3 cup) (80 ml) (75 gr) butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp (5ml) (6gr) salt
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) (2 oz) (55gr) butter for greasing the work surface, hands, dough scraper & baking pan

Directions :


In a small bowl mix 2 Tbs (30 ml) lukewarm water, 3 Tbs (1 0z) (25 gr) flour and yeast, cover with a cling film and let rise 60 minutes.


After 30 minutes put the egg whites in the mixer bowl and start working with the paddle at low speed adding flour until you have a soft dough that sticks to the bowl (about 2 cups or 270 gr) and work until it comes together, cover with cling film and let rest for 30 minutes.

Add the sponge to the mixer bowl along with a Tbs of flour and start mixing at low speed (if you wish to add the zests do it now).

When it starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl add one yolk and as soon as the yolk is absorbed add one Tbs of flour.

Add the second yolk, the sugar and as soon as the yolk is absorbed add one Tbs of flour.

Raise the speed a little.

Add the third yolk and the salt and as soon as the yolk is absorbed add one Tbs of flour.

Keep on adding one yolk at the time and the flour saving a Tbs of flour for later.

Mix the dough until is elastic and makes threads.

Add the butter at room temperature and as soon as the butter is absorbed add the last Tbs of flour.

Keep on mixing till the dough passes the window pane test.

Cover the dough with cling film and let it proof until it has tripled in volume 2 to 3 hours.

You can prepare the Pastry cream now if you chose to use it, and refrigerate it.

While you wait prepare your baking pan buttering it very carefully not leaving too much butter on it.

Grease your dough scraper, your hands and your work surface and put the dough on it and fold with the Dough Package Fold two or three times around (5 folds twice or three times). Cover with cling foil and let it rest 15 minutes on the counter.

Turn the dough upside down and with the help of your buttered dough scraper shape your dough in a rounded bun.

Make a hole in the center with your thumb and put it in the prepared pan.

Cover with cling film and let rise in a warm spot until the dough reaches the top of pan about 1 hour.

Pre-heat oven to moderate 340 degre F/170 degre C./gas mark 3.

Bake the Savarin for about 40 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Meanwhile prepare the syrup.

When the Savarin is done take it out of the oven, let it cool and remove carefully out of the pan.

You have two choices now ; you can immerse it in syrup right now or you can let it dry out (so it will lose some of his moisture that will be replaced by the syrup) and soak it later on.

To immerse it in syrup it is a good idea to place it in the mold you baked it in (I'm afraid a spring-form one wouldn't work for this) and keep adding ladles of syrup until you see it along the rim of the pan. Or you can just soak it in a big bowl keeping your ladle on top of it so it doesn't float. Once the Savarin is really well soaked carefully move it on cooling rack positioned over a pan to let the excess syrup drip.

The soaked Savarin gains in flavor the next day.

Whatever you decide the day you want to serve it glaze it and fill the hole with our filling of choice and decorate it. You can serve the Savarin with some filling on the side.


Ingredients :

  • 2 Tbs (30 ml) apricot jam
  • 2 Tbs water

Directions :

In a saucepan mix jam and water and warm up.

When the Savarin is cool and soaked brush it with the glaze.

savarin challege d'avril










Enjoy it !