TWD: Kugelhopf

(For the recipe, please visit Yolanda’s The All-Purpose Girl)

I was prepared to write about how much I disliked Kugelhopf and all yeasted cakes, for that matter, but then I changed my mind.

I loved the Kugelhopf fresh out of the oven.

I couldn’t wait until it cooled to room temperature. I dug in as soon as I brushed it with the melted butter and sprinkled it with sugar. (That was the best part.)

At room temperature, the cake was not so great. BUT…for breakfast this morning, I decided to try it with a little marmalade. Magical.

While we are on the subject of marmalade…this Orange and Elderflower Marmalade from Bjornekulla is THE best. We love us some good marmalade; my husband being the connoisseur. You can get it at IKEA in the food market. (Or in Sweden…)

If it’s your thing, then you should try Dorie’s recipe for Kugelhopf.

My suggestions/notes:

*I don’t own a traditional kugelhopf pan, so I used my bundt pan. I’m guessing it’s a pretty suitable substitute, although I wouldn’t mind owning another baking pan. :)

*Next time (if there is a next time) I would double the recipe and freeze part of the dough for another time. My Bosch had a hard time with such a small amount of dough. I used the Bosch because I was positive my KitchenAid would be much too big for the small amount of dough. (I was right.)

*We soaked our raisins in a bit of rum. We liked it. You might, too.

*The dough never raised up quite like Dorie said it would in the recipe.

*Next time I will try the rapid-rise instant yeast and see how that goes.

The perfect breakfast–

p.s. That’s some of the best local apple cider around in that tea cup. (From Allred Orchards.)

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17 Comments

  1. I’ll have to get some of that marmalade next time I go to Ikea. We really liked the kugelhopf too. I actually did use my KA with great success, but I pretty much had to crank it up all the way.

  2. I’m putting that marmalade on my IKEA list. I loved the kugelhopf warm from the oven – I think mine barely survived cooling to room temperature before we ate (or gave away) the whole thing.

  3. Your kugelhopf looks delicious, especially with the marmalade. I was thinking the same thing about doubling the recipe next time and freezing half. And I used a teaspoon of instant yeast for mine and it worked quite well.

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