Enjoy a Kougelhopf in Colmar!
A traditional Alsatian cake
This brioche cake owes its shape to its mold. One legend (there are many of them about the Kougelhopf ) says that a wizard had left his hat at a baker’s. The baker had had the idea to use it as a cake mold! It can be prepared in different ways: with raisins filled with rum, kirsh, almonds, or even bacon and walnuts. Forget about tourist shops, head to one of Laurène’s favourite shops, (she’s Alsatian and a connoisseur) and taste the Kougelhopfs (also called Kouglofs) in Colmar.
Laurène says a Kouglof is not a dry cake, at least not in her favourite shops! You may be tempted to bring one back home as a souvenir from Alsace, the idea is good, but enjoy its flavours and freshness as soon as possible. A good Kougelhopf or "Kouglof" is about 20 euros a kilo.
Laurène’s three favourite Kouglof shops in Colmar:
❥ The best Kouglof in Colmar is probably made at Richon Pâtisserie Chocolaterie. The cake is delicious with a strong taste of rum that soaks the raisins (this
might not please some people).
Address: Rue Turenne in the district of the Little Venice.
❥ Gilg Pâtisserie Chocolaterie is among the most famous Pâtisserie of Colmar, their Kouglof is very soft, the raisins are soaked with Kirsh water which gives the cake a different taste
Address: Grand Rue Colmar, near the Little Venice
❥ Lorber Patisserie is located in the district of « LesTanneurs ».
The pâtisserie offers a pure butter kouglof, it is mellow, generous but a little fatter (it could withstand a trip back home more easily).
Address: Patisserie Lorber, Grand Rue, Colmar.