Bundt Kuchen No. 1
Posted by bakinghistory on June 8, 2007
Ethereally light, with the richness of butter and eggs balanced by the warm aromas of lemon zest and nutmeg. Something worth having for coffee with one’s best friends.
From the original recipe by Lizzie Black Kander
In: “The Settlement Cook Book” 1901-USA
1. For the Sponge
1/2 tbsp active dry yeast or 1/2 oz of fresh yeast
1 cup warm milk (about 100F-38C)
1 cup (4.5 oz-125 g) bread flour
2.For the final dough
2 cups (9oz-250 g) bread flour
1 cup (7 oz-200 g) sugar
1/2 cup (4 oz–115 g) butter
zest of 1 (organic) lemon
2 tsp (4 g) (or to taste) freshly grated nutmeg
3. For the Icing
1 cup (4 oz-120 g) confectioners sugar
1-2 tbsp (15-30 ml) boiling water or milk
Make the sponge: Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk, mix in the flour and let stand, covered, until it doubles and looks bubbly.
Make the dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment beat the butter to cream, until very light and fluffy, then add the sugar and the lemon zest and nutmeg, when well mixed add the eggs, one at a time. Now switch to the flat beater attachment and add the sponge and then the remaining 2 cups of flour. Mix on medium speed until you get a very soft but elastic dough (about 10 minutes). At the end, it will look more like a batter than dough, almost pourable.
Grease very generously a 9-cups Bundt® pan, then put the dough in it leveling it with a spatula. Cover the pan and let the dough stand until very light, about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C)
Bake the kuchen for 45 -60 minutes, until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
Take out the kuchen from the pan and let it cool on a rack.
Make the icing, mixing the sugar and water or milk (the icing should be spreadable but not too thin), then ice the cake once it is cold.