The honey topping was called 'bienstich' by the German bakers who invented it, probably because of its sweetness.
INGREDIENTS (for 2 servings):
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/8 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3/8 cup honey
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 5/8 cup sliced almonds
- 2 cups pastry cream
Combine the yeast, and the warm water; set aside to proof for 5 minutes.
Cream 3/4 cup butter and sugar until light. Beat in the eggs and yolks one at a time. Add the vanilla, milk, sour cream, and yeast. Beat until smooth. Add the flour a little at a time to form a soft dough. Add all of the flour, and continue to beat until elastic, about 8 minutes. Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover and place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 50 minutes. Can be placed in the refrigerator overnight instead.
Beat down the dough, and divide into two pieces. Place each in a buttered 9 inch square pan. Brush the top of each with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Cover and let rise until doubled.
For the glaze, place the brown sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, cream, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Boil for 30 seconds. Remove from heat; add the lemon juice and almonds. Let cool slightly. Drizzle the warm glaze, not hot, over each of the cakes.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 minutes, or until the nuts are golden. Cool on a rack.
Split the cakes lengthwise using a serrated knife, and fill with the pastry cream. Sandwich cakes back together and serve.