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Apricot Orange Kugelhopf

Apricot Orange Kugelhopf
A cross between a bread and cake, this no knead apricot orange Kugelhopf yeast coffee cake is packed with chopped dried apricots and brushed with an orange glaze.
Yield 1 coffee cake




  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup water (110-115°F)
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup chopped toasted almonds


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed


  • Generously butter a Bundt pan or 10-inch kugelhopf mold; set aside.
  • In small bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Stir in yeast; let stand for 10 minutes, or until foamy.
  • In large bowl, using electric mixer, beat together butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • On low speed, add in yeast mixture, milk, orange zest, salt and cardamom. On medium speed, beat in 2 cups of flour for 5 minutes. With wooden spoon, stir in apricots, almonds, and enough of the remaining flour to make slightly stiff dough. Turn dough into prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper. Place in warm draft-free place to rise for 1½ hours or until doubled in bulk.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Remove plastic wrap. Bake in center of oven for 45-60 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand for 3 minutes in pan. Invert onto cooling rack which has been set over a baking sheet.
  • Make glaze: In small bowl, beat together icing sugar and orange juice concentrate until smooth. Drizzle over top of warm kugelhopf.


Photo by A Treats Affair.

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Review & Comments

Marj | Reply

Could this recipe be baked in loaf pans? If so, can you please suggest pan size and approximate baking time? Thanks

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Marj,

It hasn’t be done but you can certainly try. My suggestion would be to bake at the same temperature for approximately 35-45 minutes in a 9×5 pan (Not entirely sure about the time but once the toothpick comes out clean then you are good).

Happy Baking!

Kathy Ann | Reply

5 stars
This was delicious but baked too long. I would recommend baking at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Peggy | Reply

Would absolutely love to try this recipe, but cannot stand apricots. Is there something else I could use as a substitute? Thanks for your reply and the lovely recipe.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Peggy,
You can substitute another dried fruit.
Happy baking!

Peggy | Reply


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