I grew up with Gugelhupf, it is everywhere in our lives. That’s the Austrian philosophy! This forefather of the American bundt cake originated in Austria, which was especially popular during the Biedermeier period in central Europe. The Gugelhupf has many names and might be better known in some parts of europe as kuglof, kouglof, Napfkuchen or babovka. It is a cake which both my heritages call their own and therefore even my mother knows a french Alsatian recipe for it. My Austrian grandmother would make it frequently too, not the mini Gugelhupf versions but the real big thing. She was a tough and strong woman who would work from morning till evening non stop. She and my grandfather had survived the war and had met each other and married once the allies had moved out of our territories. I am telling you all this today because she succumbed to cancer a few years ago…
Today my friends and I got together to write and share a few recipes, so to raise awareness about Cancer. When I think of Cancer I think of my grandmothers and all the other friends who died during the last years because of cancer. Last year I had shared one story today I thought I would explain why it is important to go to regular check ups. You see my grandmother hadn’t checked herself and she was oblivious to the fact that she was sick with cancer until she exhaled her last breath. This is the truth and I thought about it a few times. It wasn’t my decision at that time and I was still considered a kid by some, and nowadays I am not sure if I would have told her about her fate. If she would have checked herself more frequently she would have been able to prevent the illness and maybe she would have still been living amongst us. There are still people who survive it, most of them only because they prevented the carcinogens early enough.
Cancer is a condition where healthy body cells turn berserk, growing uncontrollably into malicious tumors. A healthy life style can prevent the growth of those cancer cells and frequent check ups can detect them early enough before it is too late. All that sounds simpler then it is. A check up is an impossible thing for poorer people or people who live in countries without social care. I am pretty sure that an Indian living in the rural parts of India doesn’t even know what cancer is! The education about cancer and how to prevent it and how to treat it early on is an essential topic in this world!
So when I think of cancer, I bake gugelhupf. Since I don’t have the original big mold, I use my mini molds which I prefer anyway because of the size. The original mold is anyway hard to get, except if you get to Austria, because the German one is different too. The difference is small, in fact it’s just the depth of the mold. Anyhow you should be fine with small silicon molds as I have used here. Of course don’t forget to follow the recipe from beginning to end and you will have baked your own mini Gugelhupf.
- 200 grams soft Butter
- 100 grams powdered Sugar
- 4 Egg Yolks
- pinch Lemon Zest
- few drops Vanilla Essence
- 150 grams White Flour
- 50 grams Cornstarch
- 4 Egg whites
- 100 grams crystal Sugar
- In a mixing bowl add the soft butter, egg yolks, lemon zest, Vanilla, White flour and Cornstarch. Mix it all well!
- In another bowl beat the egg whites with the sugar stiff.
- Preheat your oven to 180 Celcius.
- Add first ⅓ of the stiff egg whites to the butter flour mixture and fold it carefully in so that the airiness remains. Continue to add in the rest of the egg whites and carefully mix it in so that all ingredients are well incorporated.
- Butter your molds and dust them with flour. If you use Silicon molds as I did, you won’t need to grease them.
- Bake your mini Gugelhupf for about 35 minutes at 180 Celcius or until the pastry is properly baked and not raw.
The event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim’s dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society and also to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Hospice was a key element during Kim’s father’s battle with cancer. They made it possible for Kim to care for him at home. So please show your support and donate if you can. You can also contact your local Hospice and donate directly to them if you wish. A little goes a long way!
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