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Kugelhopf cake recipe

A traditional cake from Alsace, this recipe for kugelhopf is from the repertoire of M. Hermé senior, who is a pâtissier in Colmar. The cake takes its name from the pan in which it is baked, whose shape has altered very little since the 16th century. A kugelhopf pan has sloping, furrowed, and molded sides and a central funnel. In the past the pans would have been made from tin, clay, and copper, but nowadays it is much easier to use one that has a nonstick lining.

Ingredients you need

  • 1⅔ cups (250 g) golden raisins
  • 3½ tbsp dark rum
  • 1 quantity of brioche dough
  • scant ½ cup (40 g) sliced almonds

Syrup for Kugelhopf cake

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) sugar
  • ⅓ cup (30 g) ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp orange-flower water

Finish for Kugelhopf cake:

  • 6 tbsp (80 g) butter
  • ¼ cup (50 g) sugar

Makes: 9 inch (23 cm) Kugelhopf

How to make homemade kugelhopf cake - simple recipe

Kugelhopf Cake Recipe Step 1
Step 1

Soak the raisins in the rum overnight. The next day, make the brioche dough, adding the soaked raisins 2 minutes before you finish kneading. Flour your fingers and flatten the dough into a disk.

Kugelhopf Cake Recipe Step 2
Step 2

Lift the edges up and over toward the center and shape the dough into a large ball. Roll the ball on the work surface, shaping it between the palms of your hands so that it will rise evenly during baking.

Kugelhopf Cake Recipe Step 3
Step 3

Make a hole in the center of the dough ball by pressing down with your fingertips.

Kugelhopf Cake Recipe Step 4
Step 4

Butter a 9 inch (23 cm) kugelhopf pan and sprinkle evenly with the sliced almonds.

Kugelhopf Cake Recipe Step 5
Step 5

Transfer the dough to the pan and press it down onto the almonds. Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and let the dough rise at room temperature for about 1½ hours.

Kugelhopf Cake Recipe Step 6
Step 6

To make the syrup, pour the water and sugar into a pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the ground almonds and orange-flower water. Let cool, then refrigerate. Clarify the butter

Kugelhopf Cake Recipe Step 7
Step 7

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake the kugelhopf for 35 minutes. Remove the kugelhopf from the pan and place it on a wire rack. While it is still hot, brush with the clarified butter and then with the syrup.

Kugelhopf Cake Recipe Step 8
Step 8

Lightly sprinkle the sugar over the syrup glazed kugelhopf, then let cool and set.

Kugelhopf cake

Kugelhopf Cake

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