Tuesday, 11 November 2008

TWD: Kugelhopf


Just like the rugelach I baked last week, I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce kugelhopf. Also, even though Dorie mentioned that kugelhopf is part bread, part cake, but she refers to it as 'cake' in the recipe. Well, it certainly looks and tastes like bread to me though. ;-)

With half a loaf of bread still left in the kitchen, I was not sure if I should try my hands at kugelhopf. It wasn't until last night that I decided to give it a go. So after dinner, I prepared the dough and let it rest in the fridge overnight. This morning, I took the dough out, shaped it into a ring so that it could fit into the bundt pan and then let it proof in the garden because it's warmer out there.

The dough had risen nicely and when it's almost reaching the top of the pan, about 2.5 hours later, I put it in the oven. The dough continued to rise slightly for the first 10 minutes in the oven, and then I did as instructed in the recipe - opened the oven door and covered the pan with a piece of foil. After another 20 minutes, I reckoned the bread should be done by then. I proceeded to take the pan out and flipped open the foil. To my dismay, the bread has deflated to half of the height of the pan! Urgh!

I seriously do not know what went wrong, maybe it's due to the fact that I open the oven door halfway?

Fortunately, my kugelhopf still tastes great, it's soft and fluffy, and I like the aromatic crust. Brushing 1 stick of melted butter on the bread did seem like overkill to me initially, but when I took the first bite, I can understand why it is necessary to do so. The bread itself is kind of tasteless, but the addition of melted butter (and also sprinkling of sugar) gives more flavor to the bread. Again, I went overboard by having 3 slices of the bread right after lunch!

Thanks to Yolanda of The All Purpose Girl for picking kugelhopf for all to bake this week. If you want to try out the recipe, head over to her blog!

27 Comments:

chocolatechic said...

I struggled to get mine to raise.

It tasted great though.

Melissa said...

You sure can't tell from your picture that the bread deflated. It looks great! And I'm glad it tasted good despite the cooking problems!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Your kugelhopf looks just fine! Lovely!

squawmama said...

Piggy, You only ate three... The loaf would have been history here... LOL LOL... It looks good and doesn't sound to terribly hard.. I may give this one a try... Thanks for the review...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your Kugelhopf is really magnificent! Such a tempting treat!

Cheers,

Rosa

Marthe said...

Well, your kugelhopf does look great! I can't wait to try mine!

Karen said...

Bummer that it deflated. Your pictures make it look amazing!!

CB said...

I don't see any deflation in your pics. It looks great! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Kay said...

This looks fabulous! Love the photos.

Banjo said...

Looks beautiful! It sounded like a time intensive recipe, great job!

The Food Librarian said...

Sorry it deflated but what remains looks lovely!

Y said...

How frustrating, that it deflated! You could've fooled me though - I don't think I would've known from the pictures, if you hadn't mentioned it :)

pinkstripes said...

Your kugelhopf looks gorgeous. That's strange that it deflated in the oven, maybe the pan? Regardless, it turned out great!

Cathy said...

It looks wonderful to me! Glad that you enjoyed it. I agree that the butter/sugar are pretty essential!

Stardust said...

OOoh, this sounds like a difficult recipe, but I think you've done a very pretty and good job! I'm sure that it tastes great! =D

Eunice said...

I have officially fallen in love with this blog! Just discovered it but wow, your pictures are amazing! As is this kugelhopf!!

Amazing, can't tell it wasn't perfect!

Molly Loves Paris said...

Well what really matters is taste. If I didn't know you had a problem, I wouldn't think it. It looks good.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

the sugary buttery crust was the best part! yours still honestly looks beautiful, but i wonder why it deflated, too. i always open the oven door to check on what's happening (even with things like souffles).

Snooky doodle said...

yummy its so tempting :)

vibi said...

Looks amazing, Piggy! ...and I love that pan's shape! A cross between a savarin and a kugelhopf! Perfect!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

worry not about the flattened cake! It looks so adorable when sliced!

Jin Hooi said...

looks great !! well done, my dough deflated too , but .. hehe.. who cares, as long as it taste nice ;-)

airenchan said...

Hi, this is how you say it "coolgirlloff" Nice one too, can rise higher. Regards

Food For Tots said...

I can't see any wrong with ur kugelhopf. It looks perfect to me! Wonderful photo!

squawmama said...

Ok my dear new buddy here is an award for you... come to my post and pick it up... Hugs, Donna

Jules Someone said...

Beautiful. I did a little over rising on mine. Ooops.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your kugelhopf looks very pretty!!