{Mini Kugelhupf}

I’d lie if I’d say that I like working with yeasted dough. I’m not a huge fan of it, the kneading part is the one that scares me, but from time to time I do put my tiny mixer (not even close to a professional one) to work and make this kind of sweet yeasted dough. If I had a proper mixer I would probably be making yeasted dough more often as it makes kneading so much easier, but you never know what future holds, right?!  I’ve had these pans for such a long time, Maya sent them to me after winning a baking giveaway and I’ve been avoiding them all this time thinking that they must be so hard to clean. But they’re non-stick and cleaning is piece of cake so you might see more of this in the future on my blog. My inspiration for this recipe was Wayne Gisslen’s Professional Baking book.

Kugelhupf, also known as Gugelhupf, Gugelhopf or Guglhupf is an Alsatian term for a marble cake or Bundt cake. It is quite common in countries like Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia or Poland. What’s special about this cake is the fact that is uses yeast instead of baking powder so the dough rises beautifully. Actually, I was surprised to see that the recipe is a mix of yeasted dough and a creaming method used to make butter cakes, you’ll see what I mean reading the recipe. What you get is a fluffy, airy, flaky cake, perfect with a cup of tea or a glass of milk. The dough is butter and moist, quite soft so you will need to grease your hands to be able to work with it, but even if it sticks to your hands at times, don’t be tempted to add more flour!

In terms of additions to the dough, I used raisins soaked in dark rum, but next time I’m thinking to add some candied orange peel, chocolate chips or some turkish delight pieces or even walnuts or hazelnuts. It’s a versatile recipe when it comes to how you flavor the cake and what you add into the dough and that’s a good thing for those of you who like to alter recipes.

Kugelhupf

{Mini Kugelhupf}
 
Ingredients:
Sponge:
  • 190ml warm milk
  • 24g fresh yeast
  • 190g all-purpose flour, sifted
Cake:
  • 250g butter, room temperature
  • 125g white sugar
  • 10g salt
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 440g all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 75g raisins (chocolate chips, candied orange peel etc)
  • 60ml dark rum
  • You will also need butter for the pan and a few almond slices to coat the pan
Directions:
Sponge:
  1. Mix the yeast with the warm milk until melted then stir in the flour.
  2. Sprinkle the sponge with A bit of flour and let it rise until it doubles its volume.
Cake:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. Soak the raisins in rum for a few hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Mix the butter with sugar until creamy and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the eggs, one by one, then add the vanilla and lemon zest.
  5. Stir in the risen sponge and mix it well then add the flour.
  6. Using your dough paddles on your mixer, mix the dough for 15 minutes until it becomes stretchy and elastic.
  7. Fold in the raisins (drained).
  8. Let the dough rest and rise for 20 minutes.
  9. While the dough rises, butter the pan (pans in my case) and coat the bottom with almond slices.
  10. Oil your hands well to handle the dough easier and place the dough in your pans.
  11. Let the dough rise a second time for 30 minutes.
  12. Bake the mini kugelhupfs in the oven for 30 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. For a bigger cake, the baking time will be longer. I recommend trying it with a skewer.

In terms of additions to the dough, I used raisins soaked in dark rum, but next time I’m thinking to add some candied orange peel, chocolate chips or some turkish delight pieces or even walnuts or hazelnuts. It’s a versatile recipe when it comes to how you flavor the cake and what you add into the dough and that’s a good thing for those of you who like to alter recipes


ROMANIAN!

As minti daca v-as spune ca imi place sa lucrez cu aluaturile dulci sau cele de paine. Framantatul nu-mi place deloc, motiv pentru care tind sa ocolesc astfel de retete. Pana astazi insa! De mult imi doream sa fac un guguluf si i-a venit randul. Mi s-a parut foarte interesanta metoda de preparare – e un mix intre o maia cu drojdie si un blat pe baza de unt, o sa vedeti in reteta. Insa mi se pare o reteta tare versatila si aduce la gust cu cozonacul, dar fara a necesita framantare caci aluatul e atat de moale si usor de lucrat incat merge si la un mixer simplu cum e al meu. Nu fiti tentati sa mai adaugati faina, aluatul trebuie sa fie moale, bine hidratata!

Eu am folosit stafide inmuiate in rom in aluat, insa puteti folosi si fulgi de ciocolata, coaja de portocala confiata sau chiar bucatele de rahat.. sau toate la un loc! Veti obtine un guguluf pufos, moale si aromat indiferent de ce ce folositi pentru a-l aroma.

Ingrediente:

Maia:

  • 190ml lapte cald
  • 24g drojdie proaspata
  • 190g faina alba cernuta

Blat:

  • 250g unt, moale
  • 125g zahar
  • 5 oua, temperatura camerei
  • 1 lingurita extract de vanilie
  • 1 lingura coaja de lamaie
  • 440g faina alba, cernuta
  • 75g stafide
  • 60ml rom
  • Unt pentru a unge tavile si felii de migdale

Mod de preparare:

Maia:

  1. Amestecati laptele cu drojdia pana se inmoaie. Adaugati faina si amestecati bine. Acoperiti cu un strat subtire de faina si lasati sa isi dubleze volumul.

Blat:

  1. Preincalziti cuptorul la 180C.
  2. Mixati untul cu zaharul 5 minute pana devine cremos. Adaugati ouale, unul cate unul, apoi incorporati vanilia si coaja de lamaie.
  3. Folosind paletele pentru aluat, incorporati maiaua, apoi adaugati faina.
  4. Mixati blatul 15 minute pana devine elastic. Adaugati stafidele scurse bine si mixati inca 5 minute.
  5. Lasati aluatul sa creasca 20 de minute.
  6. Intre timp ungeti tava sau tavile de guguluf cu unt si tapetati laturile si fundul tavilor cu felii de migdale.
  7. Ungeti mainile cu ulei pentru a lucra aluatul mai usor apoi transferati-l in tava sau tavi in cazul meu.
  8. Lasati aluatul sa creasca in tava inca 30 de minute.
  9. Coaceti guguluful pentru 50-60 minute in cazul unei tavi mari sau 30 minute in cazul unor tavi mai mici. Cel mai bine e sa incercati guguluful cu o scobitoare.