Winter spice Kugelhopf

Winter spice Kugelhopf



  • 125g   pastry flour
  • 130g   water
  •   30g   fresh yeast


  • 500g   pastry flour
  •   95g   caster sugar
  •   12g   table salt
  • 250g   fresh eggs (approximately 5-6 medium eggs)
  • 450g   soft butter
  •   10g   mixed Spice
  • 250g   high quality almond marzipan, broken into small pieces

Thin icing sugar glaze

  • 260g    Icing sugar, sieved
  •   80g    Lemon juice, fresh squeezed and sieved

To Finish

  • 100g Melted unsalted butter
  • Thin icing sugar glaze

You Will Need

  • 1x 8” kugelhopf mould

1 x 8”  kugelhopf cake, =  12 portions

Oven Temperature
170c half fan for 25 minutes, turn oven down to 150c for a further 25-30 minutes, check
Storage; 2 days in an air tight container


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the levian together until smooth and leave to ferment for 1 hour.
  2. Add all the dough ingredients apart from the butter, marzipan and levian to a bread machine with the hook attachment and mix for 10-12 minutes on speed 1.
  3. Add the levian and mix until the dough is stretchy and elastic then add the butter and mix for 20 minutes on speed 2.
  4. Leave the dough turning in the machine until the butter is mixed in completely, being careful not to heat the dough too much.
  5. Once the dough is finished, gently fold in the pieces of marzipan, keeping them whole.                                 
  6. Leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature and then for 4 hours in the fridge. 
  7. Butter and flour the mould, add some whole almonds.
  8. Weigh out 950g of the dough, shape into a ring and place in the mould. Leave the dough to prove in the mould, until it rises to reach the top. 
  9. Bake 170 degrees in a convection oven with low fan for 25 minutes, then turn down the oven to 150c and cook for a further 25-30 minutes, then push a knife into the cake if it is clean when removed then the Kougelhopf is cooked
  10. Leave to cool in the mould for 10 minutes, and then remove carefully. 
  11. Liberally brush the kugelhopf with melted unsalted butter.
  12. To finish the kugelhopf, glaze with a thin icing sugar glaze.