Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Kugelhopf

I'm having a hard time writing this post as I have mixed feelings about my kugelhopf. Yolanda, of The All-Purpose Girl, chose the kugelhopf for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie and I was so happy about it. I've wanted to try making one for a while now and we all know having an excuse to buy a new pan is always fun. I looked for a kugelhopf pan everywhere and finally found one last Saturday. I was even happier as my Mom was visiting and I would be able to share it with her.


Saturday night, I made the kugelhopf dough with my KitchenAid (really, I couldn't deny my best friend its little happy dance!), put it in the fridge, slapped it down a few times and went to bed. On Sunday morning I let it rise to the top of the pan, baked it, soaked it in butter (butter!) sprinkled sugar over it and then it was all we could do to wait for it to cool to room temperature before digging in. It was simply fabulous. Light, airy, buttery, delicious. Only problem is I got no pics. Not one. It was raining, I had no light and no desire to wait for it! So I decided to make another kugelhopf. I gave the remainder of the first one to Mom so she could take some to my Dad so, really, what was stopping me?

Martin suggested I add some orange zest and a few more golden raisins and I agreed it would be a nice addition. So, Sunday night, I started on another batch of dough. Easy-peasy, right? Oh, no, not easy at all. The dough just wouldn't come together in my KitchenAid. It was slippery, like there wasn't enough flour. I'm thinking now that maybe my butter was too soft. Could it be? Anyways, I added a few tablespoons of flour to get the dough together. Then it just climbed up around the top part of the hook and didn't slap the sides of the bowl at all. I just stopped the mixer, kneaded it by hand a few minutes and put it in a bowl to rise. The first rise went fine, the dough was then refrigerated and slapped down a few times and let to rest in the fridge overnight. The next morning, I put it in the pan, left it to rise and... it didn't. Well, it did, a little but not nearly as much as my first. And then it didn't rise AT ALL in the oven. Not one bit! That's never happened before, never. Hmpf. Anyhoo, I ended up with a way shorter second kugelhopf.

It tastes fine, although it's not as light and airy as the first (probably because of those few tablespoons of flour I added). The orange zest is a great idea though, I'm keeping that. I haven't said my last word. I have the pan, I'll be baking another kugelhopf sometime soon. If you'd like to make a kugelhopf, Yolanda has the recipe on her blog. And please, if you do try it, come back and tell me how it went, OK? In the meantime, check out the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie gang, they all made the kugelhopf too. I for one can't wait to see everyone's!
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32 comments:

landa said...

Awesome job. It looks delicious.

Isabelle said...

il est très réussi :) j'ai le même souci que toi quand il pleut...je ne peux faire de photos :(

Ginny said...

I hate it when you just can't get something to work...but i dont think I would have known if you hadn't told us! Looks yummy!

Bria said...

Well I had the opposite trouble to you- my first one flopped and my second one worked a treat! Your second one still looks great though.

chocolatechic said...

It looks great.

Mine didn't want to raise either.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

How frustrating to get it right your first attempt, only to have your second attempt come out not as nice as you expected. I don't know what to make of this recipe. I found the dough very slippery and it never really climbed up the dough hook, nor cleared the sides of the bowl. That said, I really liked how mine turned out, in spite of some foolishness with proofing. I think I'll have to make it at least twice more before I can decide what's what. Maybe we should try another recipe too, to compare?

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your kugelhopf looks wonderful!

ostwestwind said...

Glad you pimped the recipe, so it comes closer to the "real" stuff ...

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

The picture is beautiful

nicisme said...

Looks gorgeous!
What is it like, cake or bread? I've not had it before.

Jess said...

Looks gorgeous...sorry the second one wasn't as successful! I love the orange zest idea.

PheMom said...

Hmmm. That is frustrating! It still looks really good, so I can only imagine the first one must have been super gorgeous! I really loved it too and will make it again.

MacDuff said...

This looks great, so I can't imagine how nice the original looked! Orange zest is a killer idea, too.

Karen said...

I know this is the second one but it looks amazing!! Glad the first one turned out even better. I will have to remember the orange zest for the next time.

Marthe said...

Yours looks delicious... Too bad the second attempt wasn't as good as the first one! I'm patiently waiting for the second rise to happen so I can bake them....

pinkstripes said...

I can't believe you made it again for pictures. I'm sorry it didn't turn out as perfect as your first go-around, but I think it looks perfect and gorgeous. YUM!

Kayte said...

You are one very dedicated baker! This looks absolutely deliciously wonderful! Beautiful job!

Helene said...

Je n'aime tellement pas prendre de photos quand il pleut dehors. Malgré tout ca semble très beau et bon comme résultat.

CB said...

Looks like it was a winner at your house. I wish I could say the same for mine. It was too bland and dry for me. If I make it again maybe I'll have to do your orange zest for some added flavor. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

rainbowbrown said...

Citrus zest seems like a fabulous idea. And you know breads, they're so finicky about environmental conditions and the like.

Carol Peterman said...

For the second attempt not rising, it looks lovely and most importantly it sounds like it tasted good. The orange zest is a nice touch.

Rebecca said...

My dough was a wet mess. I'm totally blaming it on the weather. Couldn't be the chef. ;)

ChichaJo said...

It still looks lovely! And it worked perfectly the first time so the third time for sure will be the charm :)

Soaked in butter....WOW!

Aimée said...

I'd make the trip up north for some of this on a Sunday morning, Lyb!You're description is mouthwatering. Sounds like you need some practice, and that is a good thing!

Manggy said...

Oh, that's so weird! Did the yeast die in between? :( Anyway, the glowing endorsement of the first one is enough to give me confidence ;) It looks beautiful!

Grace said...

how peculiar. regardless, i'll be looking forward to your future versions. meanwhile, how does one pronounce kugelhopf? :)

Jayne said...

Looks delicious - I plan to use orange zest next time around, maybe with some dried cranberries in there, too. Great job - times 2!

Kristen said...

That's strange about the second one. It looks yummy either way!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Your second kugelhopf looks very good indeed - that's a lot of work well done making two kugelhopfs in a row!

AmyRuth said...

Mine was a sad tale as well. So...can't let that Kugelhopf get the best of me. I'll be baking again although I do not have a "special K" pan. Ah well.
Happy Baking
AmyRuth

Teanna said...

Wow, I can't believe you made it twice! And if it's true that it came out better the first time, that must have been heavenly! Because the second go round looks absolutely stunning!

Erinn @ Sunday Dish said...

Tall kogelhopf, short kugelhopf, either way they look and sound yummy.
I think I'd like to make it just so I get to say the word kogelhopf and bunch!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

You're such a keener to make this twice! I like your idea of adding orange zest. Looks great, even though it didn't come together as easily as the first.

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