I was thinking of making a Gugelhopf for quiet a while, one with a yeast dough and only raisins in it. I used the recipe for a Alsatian Kugelhopf from my Betty Bossi’s Backstube book. Even though Gugelhopf has its origin in Austria, this seems to be a very traditional cake in Alsace, France. One small village even has a festival each summer to celebrate the Kugelhopf:)
I slightly adapted the recipe, using instant yeast, because I can not find fresh yeast here. And I sweetened it with honey.
Alsatian Kugelhopf / Elsaesser Gugelhopf
- 500 g unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp instant yeast
- 120 g honey or sugar
- 180 ml milk (200 ml if using sugar)
- 1 tsp salt
- 200 g butter, soft, cut in small pieces
- 2 eggs
- 125 g raisins
- 2 tbsp Rum or Kirsch
-In a small bowl, mix together the raisins and the Rum. Set aside.
-In a large bowl mix together the flour, yeast and salt.
-In a small saucepan heat up the milk on medium/low heat, do not boil. Remove from heat. Stir in the honey. Making sure the milk is only lukewarm before adding to the flour. Add the butter. Whisk the eggs before adding to the flour mixture. Knead until soft dough forms.
-Cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, for about an hour.
-Grease and flour a 2 l bundt/Gugelhopf form.
-Incorporate the raisins, knead the dough again, then fill into the prepared bundt form. Let rise again. The dough should “spill” slightly over the top.
-Bake in a 350F/180C preheated oven for about 45 minutes. Let cool before taking out of form.
-Dust with icing sugar.
-Serve freshly baked, but also tastes amazing the following days!
This would make a perfect treat for Sunday brunch or afternoon tea!
Enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend!
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