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It’s the twenty-third day on our advent calendar – two days to go! Christmas is a time when we like to try new cuisines, especially those European recipes that are tied most closely to winter and Christmas festivities – and the gugelhupf is a continental cake that will fail to disappoint!
The gugelhupf cake is rather unique, being traditionally baked in a bundt cake tin which has a hole in the middle and decorations engraved on the sides of the tin. Tins of this description have been discovered by archaeologists dating from the days of the Romans, and have been found in Vienna, Budapest, France and the Rhein valley in Germany – everyone liked a slice clearly!
A legend states that the Three Wise Men were on their way home from Bethlehem via Alsace, and baked their Alsatian hosts a cake based on their turbans. Whilst there are many varieties of shapes, the most popular one is a role model of a Turks turban – many historic gugelhupf recipes have a description of making a Türkenbund, which may be where the Bundt cake tin gets its name from.
Whilst the first written recipe for gugelhupf can be found in a 1686 Austrian cookbook (where it’s shaped like a hat!), there hasn’t really been a standard recipe for a gugelhupf, so recipes have included almonds, lemons, chocolate and dried fruits to name but a few varieties.
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