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Friday, November 15, 2013

Bread In A Bundt?


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Well, it's finally here. A day devoted to the Bundt. I'm cautious about presenting today's star though. I'm not quite sure whether today is all about the Bundt Pan OR all about what goes into said pan. I'm not new to this dilemma. Way back in 2008, I did a post for National Bundt Pan Day and it seems, it has since become one of my most popular posts. In that post, I dove right into the history of the Bundt Pan and its said "inventor" H. David Dalquist. I'll leave the link down below in case you're curious:)

For today, I have a few words from Dorothy Dalquist, (Dottie to her friends) Mrs. Dalquist was instrumental in nudging Mr. Dalquist along in his endeavor.

From the introduction to the Bundt Cookbook published by Nordic Ware and pictured above:

...The Bundt Pan was originally used for pound cakes. This cake gets its name from the fact that the ratio of ingredients is a pound of flour, a pound of shortening, a pound of sugar, and a pound of eggs. The secret to obtaining a fine, rather compact grained cake is the creaming of the shortening and sugar, the gradual adding and beating in of the eggs (which act as the liquid) and the folding in of the flour...Nordic Ware fabricated the first Bundt Pan in 1949. Its design was based on a treasured mold that found its way to America in the belongings of an immigrant family early in the century. Bundt is the registered trademark of Northland Aluminum Products and is a tube pan with straight fluted sides...

If you have a minute, you might be interested in watching this video on How The Bundt Pan is Made. (after the intro, the bundt is next, it really is one minute. I timed it:)

Now is probably a good time to mention the infamous Tunnel Of Fudge Cake.

The popularity of the Bundt cake really took off in the 1960s when the "Tunnel of Fudge Cake” recipe won second-prize in the 17th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1966. The Tunnel of Fudge Cake recipe was created by a woman from Texas by the name of Ella Rita Helfrich. The recipe mysteriously develops a "tunnel of fudge" filling as it bakes. Ella won $5,000 as a runner up in the contest.

I don't have my Pillsbury Bake-Off books handy, but I do have this Tunnel of Fudge recipe from 1971. Notice the recipe requires a package of Pillsbury Frosting Mix. I don't think Pillsbury makes prepackaged frosting anymore but, it's been a while since I've looked.

If you happen to find it, you may want to consider this un-bundt recipe:)

Back to the Bundt Pan. I realize many of you may not have a Bundt Pan handy. If that's the case, a tube pan is an acceptable solution. If you've been thinking about purchasing a Bundt Pan, and are leery because really, who needs another baking pan, you might want to consider some other uses for it. The Bundt Cookbook offers a range of ideas.

My contribution to Bundt Pan Day is bread. Yes, you read that right. Now, don't get too excited, I didn't actually bake the bread from scratch. However, I did find inspiration for using frozen bread dough in Bake Bread From Frozen Dough

I don't usually have frozen bread dough in the freezer. It just so happens that I am having a house full of company for Thanksgiving and I thought I would attempt to serve dinner rolls. You, dear readers, are partly the "blame" for my decision:) Look! Here's what I baked; Dukkah Monkey Bread In A Bundt!

For those of you who are new to Dukkah, (also spelled Duqqa, dukkah, dukka) it's an Egyptian Spice Mixture and I LOVE it! I know one of you out there has recently posted a recipe for home made Dukkah but after pounding at my memory and a few embarrassing emails, I'll be darned if I can remember who you are. (please tell and leave the link:) Anyway, I purchased my Dukkah at Trader Joe's.

Now, for you bread bakers out there, I'm sure this seems fairly easy. However, for me, it took an enormous amount of patience and a bit of finagling. Here's the recipe I used.

Huge difference! I really did use the above recipe as guidance though. Would you mind very much if we continue this conversation on Sunday? It may take a while to explain and quite frankly, I think you have more than enough reasons to celebrate National Bundt Pan/Cake Day. BTW, if you have a favorite bundt recipe, feel free to include your link in the comment section or, if you can figure out how to do it, because I can't, under the "nourishment" link under the comment section. I think you call it trackbacks:)

Have a wonderful Bundt Day! "See" you Sunday!!! Louise

28 comments:

  1. These are great .Then I’ll have to restrain myself again and not eat the whole batch.

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    1. Thanks Candy! No restraining for Bundt Day, lol...

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  2. happy national bundt pan day - your creation looks wonderful - and is very creative if you strayed so far from your recipe - there is hope for you an yeast yet - sounds like you will be whipping up a feast for thanksgiving if this is already coming out of your kitchen - hope it is isn't too stressful and that you regale your guests with lots of historic references :-)

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    1. Oh Johanna I strayed big time!!! I should get through my Thanksgiving cooking in a breeze Johanna. I've already made quite a few dishes which are now happily waiting in the freezer. I may even use this "bread bundt" in my stuffing!!!

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  3. Love this post, Louise! I am going to try Sally Lunn in my Bundt - I think! We'll see how far that goes!:-) Thanks for sharing such neat ideas for the pan.

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    1. So glad Nellie:) I came {{{this close}}} to including a recipe for Sally Lunn in a bundt for this post. I would love to see yours when you make it. I'm sure it will be perfect for Bundt Day!

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    2. Oh my goodness Nellie, your Sally Lunn looks heavenly. Another delicious looking bread in a bundt, lol...

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  4. Good morning Louise , the Monkey bread is to just lovely , job well done . I posted my Bundt this morning , I have a link there that comes to this post , I will try the nourishment link . --- if they click on the name it will take them to the post . my Bundt is Apple Cheese Cake , thank you so much for sharing :).

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    1. Hi Nee! Let me tell you, that was no easy Monkey Bread for me, lol...And, Marion definitely didn't like it, although, I LOVED it!!! I saw your Apple Cheese Bundt, Nee. It looks so yummy!!! If you figure out how to use that "nourishment" (create a link) please let me know how you did it. I've been trying to figure it out for years!!!

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  5. I remember those Tunnel of Fudge cakes! I've never used most of those convenience things (can you believe I'm probably the only person of my generation who's never used Hamburger Helper?!) but there were some really fun sounding recipes with them. Really fun post - thanks so much.

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    1. I was never a huge fan of Hamburger Helper either John. I don't even think I've ever tasted it. Do they still sell it I wonder? Now Tunnel of Fudge, well, that's a whole different bundt of goodness, lol...thanks for visiting:)

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  6. Hi Louise -- I just posted about Bundt Pan Day, and my link automatically appeared under "nourishments" -- so Happy Bundt Pan Day to all.

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    1. It certainly did Mae! Now, if we could only figure out how? Your Bundt Pan Day post is pretty amusing:) Thanks Mae...

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  7. I remember that Tunnel of Fudge cake! How funny! I loved those Pillsbury Bake Offs. Collected the books for years.
    Will definitely try bread in my bundt. Great idea, Louise!

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    1. Baking bread in a bundt really makes sense when you think about it. It also bakes up in a unique shape! It wasn't my idea though, it was Nordic's!

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  8. This cake looks stunning!!! They should sell it in bakeries over here too! Thank you for this fun post Louise! Have a nice weekend X

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    1. You are too kind Alida:) You are having quite the event over at your blog. Let's Party sure sounds like fun. I'd love to win that coffee. I'm sure others would too, lol...

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  9. There are some great bundt pan ideas in this post, and your dukkah bread looks sensational.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw. It was a fun post, kinda:)

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  10. Dear Louise,
    Happy Bundt Pan Day! Love your post! Like the video on how a Bundt pan is made, who knew? Love your recipes, especially the bread ones. That is what I have done with my pan, make monkey bread with it. The Butterscotch Crown looks really good, I am going to try that one for sure! Thanks for sharing such a fun post, Blessings for a great weekend, Dottie :),

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  11. I think the bunt pan will always be a favorite. It really is a cooking tool that cannot be replaced. Clarice

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  12. You know Louise I love bundt pan I think is my favorite! this post is absolutely delicious :)

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  13. Hi Louise,
    I'm a day late but Happy Bundt Day! The video on the making of bundt pan is so interesting! Thanks for another informative post!
    Your monkey bread looks great, and perfectly baked in a bundt pan! I have never seen frozen bread dough being sold around here. Have always wanted to try at making monkey bread, I will, one of these days!
    I have a bundt cake post in my draft and I have forgotten all about it, should have posted it yesterday!
    I'm using a Wilton bundt pan, a little costly, but it is one of the best investment I've made with baking pans! :)
    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  14. Wow Louise, I remember baking one of those Tunnel of Fudge cakes, many years ago! Such a wonderful post…and so interesting! I love your monkey bread…I actually should try this one for my company! My grandkids would love it! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. I just passed up some adorable mini bundt pans at Marshall's. I wish I could bake.

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  16. These look delicious Louise! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  17. Yum! I would love to try this...the only problem is that I do not have a bundt pan...I like the idea of cinnamon and raisin :D

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  18. Hi Louise, another interesting posting. I really enjoyed dropping by your blog, to read your vintage collections. Your monkey bread look delightful, great to go with coffee. Thanks for sharing your very interesting collections.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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