Double Citrus-Almond Kugelhopf

Double Citrus-Almond Kugelhopf

From the Thermador and Tastespotting Ultimate Recipe Contest
Submitted by: Lily Julow                                            

Lily developed this recipe, using her mother's Belarus-style kugelhopf. My family appreciates it because it's garnish is just a shower of powdered sugar.


Moderately easy.
Yields 10 to 12 servings. 

Ingredients:
12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for the pan
Flour for the pan
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
7-ounce tube almond paste, softened
7 large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups cake flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 long thin strips of lemon zest for garnish
6 long thin strips of orange zest for garnish

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-cup Kugelhopf,  Bundt or tube pan. Put lemon juice, orange juice and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan over low heat; cook until the sugar dissolves and remove from heat.

Put almond paste and remaining 2 cups sugar in food processor and process until well combined; add butter and continue processing until light and fluffy. With the machine running, add eggs one at a time along with the zest and vanilla, and continue to process until smooth.

Stop the machine, add the flour, baking powder and salt, and pulse a few times - just until the dry ingredients are integrated (be careful not to over process, or the cake will become tough). Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. When a skewer or thin-bladed knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and let cool slightly.

Pour the citrus soak over the cake and let it sit for about 30 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the cake releases from the pan easily. Turn out onto a cake place and drape strips of lemon and orange zest on top to serve, cut into slices.