I was prepared not to make this week's TwD recipe. The cold dark weather has me indoors more than I like and I'm putting on weight at a steady rate. I thought it might be a good idea to take a week off from sweets. Then I read that Kugelhopf (or Gugelhupf) is a German cake and I had to make it. One of my best buddies moved to Deutschland a few years ago and the recipe made me think of him. How could I not make it?
I used a regular bundt pan, having no specialty Gugelhupf pan. The traditional flavorings are contains raisins, almonds and cherry brandy. I decided to skip the raisins and almonds because I didn't have any and soak some dried cherries in cherry brandy instead. I also used a mixture of cherry brandy and butter for the soaking after the cake was finished.
The dough never seemed to come together quiet right after using the dough hook but I put it in the fridge and hoped for the best. Luckily, everything came out all right. This cake was so good! A great texture inside and a nice crust on the outside. The brandy definitely took the flavor up and was a great addition. I ate way too much of this!