Carmen, author of Yerbabuena in the Kitchen , brings us the recipe to enjoy the night of San Juan in the best way: with a delicious cake with cream, pine nuts and candied fruit. I encourage you to prepare it at home!

Although no one would say it due to the cold of these last few days, we are at the gates of the summer solstice and on the eve of the shortest night of the year, that of San Juan. There are many gastronomic traditions spread throughout the different areas of Spain, this time I bring you one of the star recipes that cannot be missing in many corners of Catalonia that night, the Coca de San Juan , which I have decorated with cream, pine nuts and candied fruit. .

There are many customs and rituals that are celebrated throughout Spain, but they all have a common main character, fire. Tradition dictates that we should throw into it, albeit symbolically, all the negative things of the last few months so that they are left behind and we can purify ourselves.

sant joan coca recipe

Set of Le Creuset ramekins and Le Creuset salad bowl

I keep this tradition deeply rooted. I remember when I was a girl and I lived in Vigo, when the month of June arrived, the children from my street, taking advantage of the fact that there was no school in the afternoons, would look for and collect objects that could burn and then compete with other children from other streets to form the best and biggest bonfires.

Adults also participated: they prepared a burn around the fire and culminated the night with it between spells and spells…. I can still smell the aroma of pomace, coffee beans, and lemon peel slowly burning. What a magical night!

How to prepare a cream coca de Sant Joan for this verbena


For the sourdough:
100g flour of strength
100ml milk
20g fresh baker's yeast

For the coke:
The pre-prepared sourdough
350g flour of strength
110g sugar
50ml milk
100g butter in ointment
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Orange and lemon zest
50ml orange blossom water
1 pinch of salt

For decoration:
250g of pastry cream
Candied fruit
egg to brush


The night before we prepared the sourdough. To prepare the sourdough, in a bowl we put the fresh yeast dissolved in the milk and mix with the flour. Cover and store in the fridge for 12 hours.

After that time, we began to prepare the coca :
1. In the bowl of our mixer we put the sourdough, together with the rest of the ingredients of the coca (indicated in Ingredients) except the butter, that is, the flour, the sugar, the milk, the eggs, the essence of vanilla , orange and lemon zest, orange blossom water and salt.
2. We place the hook and knead at medium speed for about 8 minutes to obtain a slightly developed gluten.
3. After this time, add the softened butter and continue kneading at medium speed for about another 8 minutes or until a smooth, soft and manageable dough is obtained.
4. Pour over a large bowl or salad bowl , cover and let the dough rise for about two hours.
5. After this time it will have doubled its volume, turn the dough onto a smooth and slightly oiled surface, knead a little to degas. We give an elongated shape with a rolling pin , leaving a height of one and a half centimeters. Cover and let rest for another while until the dough rises again.
san juan coca recipe
6. Brush the surface with egg, and draw with the cream that we will have previously introduced cold into the piping bag a latticework to our liking.
Decorate with candied fruit, pine nuts and sprinkled sugar.
7. We bake at 180º heat up and down for about 20 minutes or until the surface begins to brown. Remove and let cool on a rack .

I hope you enjoy this coca and this night as magical and special as it is that of San Juan, where all the bad moments are purified by fire.


Claudia&Julia said:

Hola Isabel,

Podrías sustituir el azúcar por azúcar invertido, pero has de tener en cuenta que este último endulza más, por lo que la cantidad deberá ser menor. La equivalencia es de 75 g de azúcar invertido por cada 100 g de azúcar común. El momento de añadirlo es el mismo que el que se indica en la receta. Esperamos que disfrutes de la coca :)

¡Un saludo!

Isabel said:

Se puede sustituir el azúcar por azúcar invertido? Si es asi, en que proporción y en que momento lo añadiriamos?

Rosa Abellán said:

Que significa mantequilla en pomada

Anabel said:

Qué significa mantequilla en pomada? Algo templada y batida?

Evita said:

Una coca deliciosa, ha salido espectacular!

Olga said:

Todo tiene muy buena pinta .

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