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Cranberry Bundt Cake

Cranberry Bundt Cake
I can't get enough of Bundt cakes! It's crazy how many pans I own. Even though I own different shapes and style Bundt pans, I tend to use more often this one pan. My lovely golden Bundt is what I reached for again to bake this cranberry Bundt cake! I think it's become now my lucky Bundt pan.


It is officially cranberry season in the States! I feel bad for my American friends that live in Italy during this time of year because they usually have no luck in encountering fresh cranberries. I have had many a conversation with them wistfully saying, "What I would pay for a bag of fresh cranberries!". Even my mother-in-law is fascinated by them! When we were in Italy this summer, Teresa  was showing off the dried cranberries that this lady was selling at her little health product kiosk this summer at the mall. She said, "Hai vista! C'e tutto in Italia! Anche i cranberries!". So, that means, "You see. Italy has everything! Even cranberries!" She was pretty proud at that moment, because I was sure I would never encounter any sort of cranberries in Italy. Just in case you were wondering, in Italy they're called Mirtilli Americano (American Blueberries). And, by the way, that cute little bag of dried cranberries they were selling at the Italian mall cost 10 Euros (which is about 11 dollars). Even though I had been in Italy already a month and wouldn't have minded a bite of one of my favorite healthy snacks, I would not spend that much on that little bag!

So back to the Bundt pan discussion! I suppose it's considered my lucky Bundt pan, because I have never had an issue with a cake sticking to it! I haven't had any major Bundt catastrophes, but little pieces that get caught in a nook. It's usually happened when I've baked with fruit, like an apple Bundt cake. It oozes and sticks to the side and I have to carefully scrape out an apple and piece it back into the cake.

Are you hesitant to bake a Bundt because it usually sticks to the grooves of the pan? I have read quite a few baking horror stories in baking groups where the baker has said her cake stuck to the sides of the Bundt pan. I know bakers that gave up on their pans because they flopped too many times. I have not noticed any difference in the volume in my cakes when I used baking spray, that is just my personal experience. I have also read a baker say in a message group that the spray cakes onto the pan and that could also cause your Bundt to stick. I've personally never had that baking issue. I wash my pan really well after I bake with it.  I scrub around the nooks and crannies (I know, it's annoying to clean a Bundt pan!)I know how you feel! I have often used baking spray, but I have read that it affects the volume of your cake. I also have greased and floured my pan (with butter or shortening). But then I came across this handy dandy baking tip that truly makes a difference! You won't be holding your breath when you flip your pan to see if the cake is sticking or not...I promise!

Cranberry Bundt Cake


What do I love about this cake? I love the tartness of the cranberries and the tender moistness of the cake! It's such a wonderful cake recipe that is moist from the Greek yogurt. It's not heavy from being filled with butter (not that there's any thing wrong with butter!). The cranberries give the perfect tart contrast to the cake. If you live somewhere where you can't find cranberries, you could sub a different filling (strawberries or blueberries would be perfect!). The only problem with this cake, according to my daughter, was that it needed more cranberries in the middle! When I added the first layer of cake batter, I started to spoon on the cranberries and I really wanted to make sure it didn't ooze into the sides of the pan as it was baking so there wouldn't be any sticky fruit that would stop the cake from popping out easily.
Cranberry Bundt Cake

The perfect cake for the holidays that travels well and will also be enough for the biggest family get together! I added a very light sugar glaze, but you could make this cake even fancier and impressive with a thicker glaze!


Barley Malt Pull-Apart Loaves

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: approx 1 1/2 hours
Cook Time: about 15-18 minutes

Ingredients (12 rolls)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (from 1 envelope)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons barley-malt syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted and allowed to cool, plus more for brushing
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, for sprinkling
Instructions
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl (I used the bowl of my mixer with the dough hook). Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 2 teaspoons malt syrup until smooth. Add in the flour, coarse salt, buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons butter. Mix the dough until combined.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured bread board (or clean counter) and knead until smooth and elastic Shape the dough into a ball.

Place the dough right side down into a large, buttered (or oiled) bowl, then, turn right-side-up.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 1 hour. Remove the dough after the rising
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Punch down dough.

Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface. With floured hands, roll dough into a thick log. Cut into 12 equal pieces (my pieces weighed about 50 g each).

Brush a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with butter or line with parchment paper and then brush with butter.
One at a time, flatten each piece of dough, then fold edges toward the center, pressing to secure, until a smooth ball forms. Place dough balls in prepared baking pan, smooth side up (you should have 3 rows of 4 in a 9×9 pan). Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 30 to 40 minutes. (Alternatively, refrigerate, at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove plastic wrap; brush rolls with butter.

Whisk together remaining 1 tablespoon each malt syrup and butter in a small bowl; brush over top of dough (I added a little bit of water, as the malt syrup was too thick).Bake until puffed and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. (If tops are browning too quickly, tent with foil.) Sprinkle with flaky salt. Serve warm.

14 comments

  1. Here in Spain too, we find it very difficult to find cranberries. I normally buy the cranberry sauce from Ikea and use that :-) This bundt looks amazing!!

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  2. Love that sliver of cranberry in the middle! Cranberries in cake are so good, that contrast of tart and sweet... love it!

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  3. This looks so delightful for this time of year! And your pictures are beautiful!

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  4. This is so pretty! It looks so moist & fluffy. This would be perfect for the holiday season! Great tip with coating the pan :)

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  5. Haha. Your mother-in-law. :D I guess I'm really lucky that we have imported from the US fresh cranberries here! They're really expensive so I go shopping on Saturday evenings when they put produce on sale and hope that it'll be just the right timing for cranberries! Because then I buy literally the entire stock of cranberries and am set for the rest of the year. :) This cake looks great! Love that it's partly whole wheat.

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  6. I only have one bundt pan in my collection but I need to add more. This cake is so pretty and I love that ring of cranberries that runs through the center. Tart and sweet. Just lovely.

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  7. this sounds wonderful...very festive.

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  8. I love bundt cakes! They always look so fancy! I especially love this one for featuring one of my personal seasonal favorite-cranberries! YUM

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  9. That definitely IS an awesome tip, I've never done that before...I'm definitely going to next time because I always have the fear that a bundt will get stuck (yup, it's happened to me before). I love your cranberry (American blueberry!) tunnel...it looks so perfect.

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  10. Holly @ 3 Yummy TummiesNovember 10, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    I love a good bundt cake too and this one sounds amazing! Can't wait to try it.

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  11. I just love bundt cakes! I probably have like 6 or 7 different bundt pans, lol. ;) And I LOVE the cranberry filling in this one- perfect for the holidays!

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  12. Bundt cakes are my favorite! I love the little ring of cranberry in the middle...yum!

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  13. I completely admit to hoarding a ridiculous amount of fresh cranberries in my freezer once they are in season. I love the bright, tang that fresh cranberries add to baking. I'll definitely be busting out my Bundt pan for this one!

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  14. Bundt cakes are the best. They're easy to make and serve a crowd. As long as I butter and flour my pan, I'm good with it coming out. I did learn that the hard way though. This cake is stunning with that bright red filling!

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