As I still had some kougelhopf cake using flour mix left from my Summer vacation to Alsace, I decided to try to "tame" this cake, as it last time, when I baked it outgrew my cake form. So this time I only made half the portion.
To twist the taste into more Christmas style, I have used vanilla sugar and dried orange peel. I still have 250 g kougelhopf cake mix left, so I will make another version for some Christmas guests using saffron later on this month.
Classic Christmas kougelhopf: - 1 cake
- 250 g kougelhopf flour mix
- 40 g sultana raisins
- 20 g dried orange pee
- 10 g fresh yeast
- 120 g water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla sugar
- almonds for top decoration
- Dissolve the yeast in the water in the mixing bowl.
- Add in the flour mix and vanilla, knead the dough on stand alone mixer, first 3 minutes on speed 1 followed by 10 minutes on speed 4.
- Add in the raisins and dried orange peel and knead until they are distributed homogeneously in the dough.
- Let the dough raise at 20'C for 1 hour.
- Place almonds in the bottom of the kougelhopf form. Place the dough in the form on top of the almonds.
- Let the dough raise in the form at 30'C for 1½ hour.
- Heat up the oven (conventional) to 160'C.
- Bake the kougelhopf in the lower of the oven at 160'C for 50-60 minutes.
- Cool down the cake, before it is removed from the form.