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Kugelhopf Recipe

Kugelhopf is a timless classic that never dissapoints. Given that there is enough fruit and nuts are around. Soft, tall, easy and tasty!

Kugelhopf-Recipe-1-SunCakeMomWhat if cakes could dream. They would probably dream about being better and tastier to please our taste buds bite after bite. After all everything has some sort of purpose in life and an urge to fulfill that purpose as much as it could.

Cakes came to the world to please human taste buds so apart some wild ones most of them would want to be better from the first thought in our mind to the last bite.

If bundt cakes could dream of being better or bigger, they would dream about being Gugelhupf or Kugelhopf as it is mostly known nowadays.

Kugelhopf is widely popular, originally Austrian dessert (not Australian that’s Lamington) from the heart of Europe. The same place where so many delicious things have already come, like the Sacher torte or the Ischler.

As it is with centuries old recipes all the nations who had a bite, have developed their own version of the treat with localized fillings and easily pronounceable names hence Kugelhopf instead of Gugelhupf.

The cake is so popular in its birth cradle that it was chosen to represent the country in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union in 2006.

The same cultural initiative where we could find Tarta de Santiago, Tiramisu, Dobos Torte, Apple Pie, Cinnamon roll, Oatmeal cookies or Shortbread among others which are all worth more than a couple of hurriedly found words.

Kugelhopf comes in wide variety of flavors and fillings but limited shapes because as it is with the Bundt cake that every cake is a bundt cake as long as it is made in a bundt cake form, it is with the Kugelhopf as well. Every Kugelhopf is a Kugelhopf as long as it is made in a Kugelhopf mold.

Kugelhopf molds are similar to bundt cake molds only about twice the size in height. So basically, if we mess up making Kugelhopf, we still have bundt cake at the end but if we succeed, we score big.

And big is not only meaning tall but tasty, as well. Kugelhopf are made with yeast with a very creamy almost batter like pastry. This softness translates into a light airy cake texture when it is baked ready.

General fillings are dried fruit, nuts but bits of chocolate isn’t frowned upon either. Nor it is the chocolate icing instead of the traditionally used powdered sugar. It is also common to mix cocoa powder into part of the batter and carefully pour two different colored batter into the same form, essentially creating a double colored double flavored cake.

Speaking of sugar, this recipe has none of it except of course the white flour as the dried fruit that contains take care of the sweetening job beautifully. This may not please everybody, especially those who aren’t on a sugar free diet so additional sweeteners may need to be used, according to taste.

Overall, it is a dessert is not only worth dreaming about but easy to make and highly rewarding in invested time and efforts. It’s light, airy, full of goodies and in case it turns out bad, fear not as we still have a bundt cake to count on.Kugelhopf-Recipe-2-SunCakeMom

Ingredients:

  • ⅞ cup / 200ml Milk (lukewarm)
  • 1 oz / 20g Fresh yeast
  • 1⅓ cup / 400g Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 15 tablespoon / 200g Butter (room temperature)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoon Honey or sweetener of choice
  • 2 oz / 60g Raisins or dried fruit of choice
  • 3.5 oz / 100g Chocolate chips

Topping (optional):

  • 2 oz / 40g Baking chocolate
  • 0.5 oz / 10g Nuts of choice

How to make:

  1. Take two cups and measure ½ cup / 100ml lukewarm milk into each.
  2. Pour the raisins into one of them and the yeast in the other one. In a couple of minutes the yeasty milk starts to be foamy.
  3. Put flour, butter eggs and honey into a medium size mixing bowl. When the yeast starts to foam pour it in the bowl too.Kugelhopf-Recipe-Process-2-SunCakeMom
  4. Dough it until it gets even.Kugelhopf-Recipe-Process-3-SunCakeMom
  5. Pour in chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruit of your choice and mix them well.Kugelhopf-Recipe-Process-4-SunCakeMom
  6. Pour batter into the Kugelhopf form and leave it in a warm place for about 40 minutes it raise.Kugelhopf-Recipe-Process-5-SunCakeMom
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  8. Put Kugelhopf in for a 45 minutes to bake.
  9. Use a toothpick to check if it’s baked. If not, put it back to the oven.
  10. When it’s baked leave it on a cooling rack to cool down.Kugelhopf-Recipe-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  11. Melt chocolate and pour it on top of the Kugelhopf.Melted-chocolate-gp-SunCakeMom
  12. Sprinkle finely chopped nuts on top.Kugelhopf-recipe-process-7-SunCakeMom

 

Enjoy!

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5 from 1 vote
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Kugelhopf Recipe
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
 
Kugelhopf is a timless classic that never dissapoints. Given that there is enough fruit and nuts are around. Soft, tall, easy and tasty!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Sugar free recipe
Author: Edi Baker - SunCakeMom
Ingredients
  • cup / 200ml Milk lukewarm
  • 1 oz / 20g Fresh yeast
  • 1⅓ cup / 400g Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 15 tablespoon / 200g Butter room temperature
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoon Honey or sweetener of choice
  • 2 oz / 60g Raisins or dried fruit of choice
  • 3.5 oz / 100g Chocolate chips
Topping (optional):
  • 2 oz / 40g Baking chocolate
  • 0.5 oz / 10g Nuts of choice
Instructions
  1. Take two cups and measure 1/2 / 100ml lukewarm milk into each.

  2. Pour the raisins into one of them and the yeast in the other one. In a couple of minutes the yeasty milk starts to be foamy.
  3. Put flour, butter eggs and honey into a medium size mixing bowl. When the yeast starts to foam pour it in the bowl too.
  4. Dough it until it gets even.
  5. Pour in chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruit of your choice and mix them well.
  6. Pour batter into the Kugelhopf form and leave it in a warm place for about 40 minutes it raise.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  8. Put Kugelhopf in for a 45 minutes to bake.
  9. Use a toothpick to check if it's baked. If not, put it back to the oven.
  10. When it's baked leave it on a cooling rack to cool down.
  11. Melt chocolate and pour it on top of the Kugelhopf.
  12. Sprinkle finely chopped nuts on top.

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