Food Play: Saint John’s Coca, a Catalan specialty

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by SandeeA

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Food Play: Saint John's Coca, a Catalan specialty. Food Play, by SandeeA. The Rambling Epicure. Editor, Jonell Galloway.

Saint John’s coca is a typical Catalonian sweetened bread eaten during the celebration of Saint John’s Eve in June. It is usually oval, but I wanted to give it a a playful twist… would you like to try some?


Prep time: 30 min plus resting time
Cooking time:
15 min
45 min plus resting time
Number of servings:
12 coca flowers


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Poolish dough

100 gr strong wheat flour
100 ml lukewarm milk
25 gr fresh yeast

For the coca

350 gr hard wheat flour
100 gr sugar
50 ml milk
2 eggs
80 gr butter
Lemon zest
Pinch of salt
200 ml custard
50 gr pine nuts

Coca de San Juan- La receta de la felicidad


  1. The night before prepare the poolish, by mixing all ingredients and letting them rest in a bowl, covered. I usually leave it in the fridge covered with plastic film.
  2. Preheat oven to 200º C (400º F).
  3. In a large bowl, mix hard wheat flour, milk, eggs, sugar and salt until thoroughly combined. Add poolish and butter, and continue mixing. When the dough sticks together and is consistent, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If you are not familiar with kneading, click here to watch a video by Bertinet showing how to knead sweet dough.
  4. Shape into a ball, and let the dough rest in the same bowl you’ve used before until it has doubled its size, it will take about 1 hour.
  5. Divide dough into equal pieces. You will need six pieces for each flower: 1 for the base and 5 for the petals.
  6. Shape into smooth balls, and place on a baking sheet, forming a flower. Let it rise for 30 minutes.
  7. Brush buns with milk, then pour some custard and dampened pine nuts into the center of the flower.
  8. Put buns in oven. Lower temperature to 180° C (356° F).
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let them cool on a wire cooling rack.

Coca de San Juan- La receta de la felicidad

I used a recipe Gastronomía y cia as inspiration for this creation


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