Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: Kugelhopf

When I first saw the name of the recipe I was curious to open my book and check out what exactly Kugelhopf was. Kuglehopf is a lightly sweetened cake that uses yeast as its leavening agent instead of baking soda or baking powder. The recipe called for raisins, but instead I chose to add some chopped fresh cranberries and some finely grated orange peel to the dough. Next time I would add more cranberries and might do larger chunks as they got "lost" in the final product. All-in-all though, I was very pleased with the final result.

My dough turned out lovely. When I finished the initial mixing, it was smooth and satiny. I followed the suggestion to refrigerate the dough overnight. In the morning, I pulled the dough out and placed it in my pan to let it rise. I used a bundt pan so my cake turned out a little squatty, but the taste more than makes up for its short stature. 

After the cranberries and orange rind were added...

This cake is traditionally a coffee cake, something that is eaten for breakfast or as a light afternoon snack. I decided to take mine and give it a little bit more of a dessert feel so I made a cranberry sauce with some fresh ginger. I served my Kugelhopf with the sauce and a dollop of whipped cream on top. It was fabulous!

Kugelhopf was a labor intensive recipe, so I know it is not something I will make on a regular basis, but I had great success with a yeasted dough and the end result was good enough that given the right occasion, I would definitely make this again. 

If you are interested in trying your hand at Kugelhopf, head to The All-Purpose Girl

Until next Tuesday, Happy Baking!!


wildthayn said...

Wow!!! It looks so beautiful Whit!! I love seeing what you create! The cranberry and orange was a great idea!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Great flavor combination, and beautiful photos. You make this ALMOST sound like it was worth the time. ;)

April said...

Seriously beautiful pictures. And the treat looks delicious too and probably a lot of work.

I ordered my book and I think I should be good to go when it gets here. I think it will be here by next Tuesday, but can I do the following Tuesday baking, because I want to make sure I have all ingredients and prep time needed to make something wonderful. Let me know. I need to link on too.

McCauley Family said...

Whit - that looks beautiful! How did you bring yourself to cut into it? I almost made it yesterday, just to be a part of the excitement that come with TWD!

Mike and Elizabeth said...

Wow, you made your kugelhopf look incerdible! Nice work!

AmyRuth said...

Really a beautiful post. Lovely photos and I loved the photo of the fresh cranberries and zest. Nice touch the sauce.