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23

Dec

Kouglof
Kouglof is a type of Bundt cake, traditional of the Alsace region in the Eastern part of France, where my great grandparents were from. It is usually enjoyed all year long as a dessert or coffee cake, but over the years it became a typical Christmas-season breakfast treat in my family. As there are a lot of different ways to spell the word (Kouglof is the French spelling, but you can find many spelling variations from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic or Romania), the recipes also are plenty and vary from one country to another, one family to another. The original family version from my great grandmother, which was too dry to my mother’s Parisian tastes, has evolved into a delicious, tasty, moist yet not too much, delicacy.
Legend says that The Three Kings were the creators of the Kouglof. Another says that Queen Marie-Antoinette made it popular in France after she imported it from her native Austria. What is less of a legend, and certainly less interesting, is that my great grandmother was initially the only person who baked the Kouglof in the family. When she passed away, my mom took the lead, and I would often participate in her many trials to get a result that would best fit our own tastes; modifying the proportions, adding or removing ingredients, and replacing the butter by oil. We finally agreed on one recipe, the one that pleases our whole family the most! I sure hope you will like it too.
To view my Kouglof recipe, it’s on The Healthy Helping!

Kouglof

Kouglof is a type of Bundt cake, traditional of the Alsace region in the Eastern part of France, where my great grandparents were from. It is usually enjoyed all year long as a dessert or coffee cake, but over the years it became a typical Christmas-season breakfast treat in my family. As there are a lot of different ways to spell the word (Kouglof is the French spelling, but you can find many spelling variations from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic or Romania), the recipes also are plenty and vary from one country to another, one family to another. The original family version from my great grandmother, which was too dry to my mother’s Parisian tastes, has evolved into a delicious, tasty, moist yet not too much, delicacy.

Legend says that The Three Kings were the creators of the Kouglof. Another says that Queen Marie-Antoinette made it popular in France after she imported it from her native Austria. What is less of a legend, and certainly less interesting, is that my great grandmother was initially the only person who baked the Kouglof in the family. When she passed away, my mom took the lead, and I would often participate in her many trials to get a result that would best fit our own tastes; modifying the proportions, adding or removing ingredients, and replacing the butter by oil. We finally agreed on one recipe, the one that pleases our whole family the most! I sure hope you will like it too.

To view my Kouglof recipe, it’s on The Healthy Helping!

04

Oct

Leek and Feta Quiche. And my dog.

Leek and Feta Quiche. And my dog.

01

Oct

Pecan Pie and Fresh Healthy Juice. A little taste of America in the heart of Paris.
Sugarplum Cake Shop. 68 rue du Cardinal Lemoine. Paris V.

Pecan Pie and Fresh Healthy Juice. A little taste of America in the heart of Paris.

Sugarplum Cake Shop. 68 rue du Cardinal Lemoine. Paris V.

30

Sep

Gluten free double layer chocolate cake.

Gluten free double layer chocolate cake.

29

Sep

Lemon Meringue Tart.

Lemon Meringue Tart.

Veggie Tart.

Veggie Tart.

28

Sep

Zucchini Tartlets with cherry tomatoes and calendula flowers on top.

Zucchini Tartlets with cherry tomatoes and calendula flowers on top.

White Chocolate & Raspberry Spread

White Chocolate & Raspberry Spread

27

Sep

Easy-to-make Fruit Curds for good-looking and tasty Tartelettes.

Easy-to-make Fruit Curds for good-looking and tasty Tartelettes.

25

May

Teatime Part II.
Homemade Grapefruit Tartelettes, Green Tea.

Teatime Part II.

Homemade Grapefruit Tartelettes, Green Tea.

13

May

Teatime, at home.
Homemade Fresh Madeleines & Green Tea.

Teatime, at home.

Homemade Fresh Madeleines & Green Tea.

12

May

Pink AAllard mountain shoes & Delicious hiker’s baguette sandwich. Megève, France.

Pink AAllard mountain shoes & Delicious hiker’s baguette sandwich. Megève, France.

11

May

On my way to the park…
Duck & Macaroons. Paris XVII.

On my way to the park…

Duck & Macaroons. Paris XVII.

10

May

Espresso & Nutella. Milano.

Espresso & Nutella. Milano.

08

May

Grom
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 11. Torino.

Grom

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 11. Torino.