Tuesdays with Dorie: Kugelhopf

Yolanda of The All-purpose Girl selected this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe — Kugelhopf. You can find the full recipe on Yolanda’s site or on pg. 61 of Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

I’ll be honest, from the name and the picture this was immediately not a recipe I had a lot of interest in. But then I opened the cookbook to read more about it and found that it is from Alsace (now France, use to be Germany) and this is the area where my ancestors originated. The recipe looked fairly simple, so I decided to give it a whirl.

The first step was to mix the yeast with milk and then add the dry ingredients, eggs, and butter. It has to beat for quite awhile to form a dough. Definitely one of those recipes you really want your KitchenAid for!

I used golden raisins in mine. I had some left from a previous Dorie experiment.
I let the dough do its unique rise and fall for an entire evening and then left the dough to rest in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I buttered a bundt pan and allowed the dough to rise again.

This is what it looked like 3 hours later, right before I put it in the oven.
I baked it and it came out with a nice crisp crust.
I soaked it with butter and sprinkled with sugar.

And then I cut the bread to serve.

Maybe my expectations were too high, but after starting this bread 18 hours earlier, I guess I just expected more. It was fine. But definitely not wow worthy. Even, dare I say, bland?? Mom and Mike both tasted it and they both said this wasn’t a keeper. Sorry Dorie!
However, I am really excited about next week’s recipe – Arborio Rice Pudding! However, I can’t seem to find any of the star ingredient, Arborio rice!! The only place I have found it is Amazon and it is $10 for a box and then $15 shipping. If anyone has found some and is willing to mail me the 1/4 cup needed for this recipe there will be a reward involved!!

8 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Kugelhopf

  1. I have some in my kitchen. I bought it at our local grocery store. I could get you some and mail it.

  2. Is there a Whole Foods or similar upscale grocery store in Champaign?

    If not there is one here and I think you can buy bulk rice. Let me know by tomorrow and I’ll get some for you. Just e-mail me your mailing address.

    rachel dot runner at gmail dot com

  3. Looks fantastic! Great job – sorry you thought it was bland, oh well, not every recipe is a winner. But yours do look wonderful!

  4. They sell the rice at Trader Joes, if you have one near you.

    Your kugelhopf looks great!

  5. Your kugelhopf looks great. Sorry you weren’t nuts about it. Ah well, moving on to next week…

    I’ve got arborio rice here, too, if you need some from the east coast! 🙂 Feel free to email me your mailing address – I’d be happy to send you some.

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