Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Kugel-huh? Another week where I have no clue how to pronounce the recipe I'm making! But I guess that's part of the fun of the process though.
The choice of Kugelhopf for this week was selected by Yolanda of The All-Purpose Girl. The recipe is posted on her site if you'd like to go get it.
Well, I now know that Kugelhopf is a French treat. It's considered to be part bread, part cake and is really quite unique and fun. It's traditionally baked in a kugelhopf pan, however I don't have the luxury of owning one. So I resorted to my handy bundt pan which worked well enough for me. I couldn't see myself buying the correct pan unless I knew I'd make this several more times.
The recipe was rather time consuming and a tad bit complicated. I felt like it had to rise soooo many times. First in a warm spot, then in the refrigerator, then the next day another 2 hours in a warm spot. Sheeeesh, this is the hardest I've worked for a TWD yet!
I was a little worried throughout the process because I don't own a stand mixer with a dough hook. I resorted to my little hand mixer for all of the mixing and I didn't feel as though it was really getting the job done. I mean, 5 straight minutes of mixing followed closely by another 10 straight minutes was hard on the arms. And without the dough hook, I was never sure I was getting it done right.
But it all seems to have come out correctly. I made a tiny version in a 5-inch springform pan for my hubby and I to share. And I made the one in the bundt pan for some friends with whom we had dinner plans over the weekend. It was really quite good. Our friends thought it tasted like a croissant and I do agree. Quite a unique taste and very scrumptious!