Friday, July 1, 2011
I was shopping for a new shower curtain yesterday and I happened upon this:
It literally off jumped off the shelf and flew into my shopping cart (really, thats how it happened). The label on it said Gugelhupfe. and most of the instructions were in German. I can barely remember any of my college Spanish let alone German, so I needed some help. The minute I got home, I Googled the Gugel.
I learned that it is a traditional sweet bread made in Austria, southern Germany, and Switzerland. It is made with a sweet yeast dough and is often times marbled. They are typically large cakes, so the manufacturer of my cute little pan must have decided that tiny ones would be cute. I agree wholeheartedly. The guglehupfe is usually served with strong coffee - so far I'm liking everything about this.
I decided to try and see if a cake could be made with these darling little molds. After giving the molds a light coat of non-stick cooking spray, I spooned in lemon cake batter. I also filled a couple of ramekins and bowls in various sizes.
I must say they came out of the molds fairly well - a few of them did stick beyond salvation. After they cooled I drizzed them with a powdered sugar glaze and added dragees to the tops.
Each one is a perfect bite. My next endeavour was to make a wedding cake style stack of little cakes with a gugel on top.
I love the combination of the big cake surrounded by the tiny ones.
They remind me of little crowns with the dragees on top.
After I snapped this next picture, I noticed an unexpected friend had come to my party.
Do you see him? Top left of the tiered cake. Now you see him,
now you don't. The next time I make these, I will use a sweet bread dough (I think brownies could be a great success as well). I would love to hear more about gugelhupfe from anyone who has eaten or prepared them - are there any German or Austrian readers out there?
Its a beautiful day in the garden. Blue sky, no humidity, and a slight breeze. My husband has the day off work for the holiday weekend. I think we are going to brew up some strong coffee and have our gugelhupfe in the garden. Auf Wiedersehen!
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