Kugelhopf Baba au Rhum

Author: Canadian Living

Enjoyed at breakfast in Alsace, this bread is also seen on the dessert table. Baba au Rhum is a derivative, and when baked in a kugelhopf or Bundt pan then soaked in rum syrup, it's a spectacular dessert.

  • Portion size 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced peeled apples
  • 2/3 cups dark rum
  • 1/2 cup currant
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam melted and strained

Method

In bowl, toss apples, rum and currants; let stand for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving rum; set aside.

In small bowl, sprinkle yeast over 1/3 cup (75 mL) warm water; let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes.

In stand mixer and using paddle, mix flour with salt. Add yeast mixture, honey and eggs; mix on low speed until combined, about 2 minutes. Scrape down side of bowl. On low speed, drop in pieces of butter, beating until smooth, about 2 minutes. Fold in apple mixture.

Scrape into well-greased 10-inch (3 L) kugelhopf or Bundt pan, smoothing top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, 2 hours.

Bake in bottom third of 375°F (190°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 45 minutes, covering with foil if browning too quickly. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. With skewer, poke holes all over cake.

In saucepan, bring sugar and 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) water to boil, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat; stir in reserved rum and vanilla. Brush 1/4 cup (50 mL) over cake; invert onto rimmed plate. Pour remaining syrup over top; let stand until cool, 45 minutes. Brush with jam. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)

Nutritional facts Per each of 10 servings: about

  • Sodium 156 mg
  • Protein 8 g
  • Calories 459.0
  • Total fat 17 g
  • Cholesterol 130 mg
  • Saturated fat 10 g
  • Total carbohydrate 66 g

%RDI

  • Iron 17.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 49.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 16.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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