Prep 2 hrs
Cook 45 mins
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2⁄3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 1⁄3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup whole blanched almond, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup sliced blanched almond, for lining the mold
- Thickly butter a 6-8 cup gugelhupf pan (or other decorative tube pan).
- Make the sponge: warm the milk over low heat in a small saucepan until it is just lukewarm, about 100°.
- Transfer milk to a small bowl; whisk in yeast.
- Stir in the flour and cover the bowl with plastic wrap; let the sponge rise until very puffy, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, stir together the raisins and rum; let raisins soak in rum while you prepare the dough.
- Make the dough: use an electric stand mixer with paddle attachment—beat the butter with the sugar and salt on medium speed until soft and light, about 2-3 minutes.
- Beat in the lemon zest and vanilla.
- Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, beating smooth after each addition.
- Stop mixer and scrape the sponge into the bowl; beat on lowest speed until incorporated, about 1 minute.
- Drain raisins well, reserving the rum; beat the rum into the dough, then beat in the flour.
- Beat the dough for 2 minutes on lowest speed, then stop the mixer and let dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Beat the dough on medium speed until it is smooth and elastic, about 2 additional minutes.
- Decrease speed to lowest and beat in the raisins and the chopped almonds.
- Scrape the dough into a buttered bowl and turn it over so that the top is buttered.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise until it just begins to puff, about 20 minutes.
- Prepare mold: scatter the sliced almonds all over the buttered inside of the mold, rotating the mold to cover the buttered surface evenly with almonds.
- Invert to mold to remove any of the almonds that have not stuck to the butter.
- Using a large rubber spatula , carefully scrape the dough into prepared mold—try to avoid disturbing the sliced almonds.
- Cover the mold with a towel or piece of buttered plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it is doubled (if using a 6-cup mold, the risen dough should reach the top of the mold; if you are using an 8-cup mold, the risen dough should reach about ½ inch short of the top).
- About 15 minutes before the gugelhupf is risen, set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°.
- Bake the gugelhupf until it is well risen and deep golden, about 40-45 minutes; pick should come out clean.
- Cool gugelhupf in pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert it onto the rack, remove the mold and cool completely.
- Serve: use a sharp serrated knife to cut into slices; storage: keep wrapped in plastic.