Easter Kugelhopf

 

This golden coffee cake with a rich buttery flavor is a German specialty and is named after its decorative baking pan. If you don't have a kugelhopf pan, feel free to use a Bundt pan when making Easter breads.  

What you will need

1/2 cup lukewarm water

3/4 cup plus 1 tsp. granulated sugar

2 (1/4 oz.) packages active dry yeast

2 sticks (1/2 lb.) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for serving

6 large eggs

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, for dusting

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