Burning Toast and Kugelhopf

by Joanne on July 19, 2010

The morning run and weights:  I’m hoping for a total weekly mileage of 50 or so.  I’m getting my interval training over with early and that was a 2 mile warm up with 3 minutes of hard running and 3 minutes of easy x 6.  The cool down run followed after 35 minutes of weight training for chest and shoulders.  Shane and I did a  4 1/2 mile cool down run.  Total =10.83 miles today. The week looks like it’s off to a promising start.

Ted and I had a glorious bike ride Sunday.  We went out to Westmoreland and Clinton, making a short coffee and bagel stop at Daylight Donuts in New Hartford…

Biker Jo

See Rosie?   Rosie the Riveter.  My cool biker gal shirt.    The fountain type pony tail on top of my head isn’t so cool.

Total cycling miles 25, average pace 14 mph.  Not too many hills today, just the way I like it. In fact, I barely worked up a sweat.  I think Ted gets mad at me for not be a sweaty person. It never looks like I did any work.

As for Saturday, this is how my breakfast went  …


Pretty ugly isn’t it? 

Following my run on Saturday, I wasn’t hungry but I was having a massage at 10:30 and had to eat before I left because grocery shopping followed the massage which meant I wouldn’t be home until 1pm.  Way too long to go without eating after a long run.

I put the items needed to make my usual omelet on the counter.  Hunger was still MIA.  For what ever reason, I put the whole wheat tortilla in the toaster oven, and turned it on.  I then grabbed an apple and sat down at the computer to put up Saturday’ post.

I heard some popping and thought “those silly birds. they certainly are loud this morning”.  The bird feeders are out side the kitchen window.  The popping continued and then there was a smell.

As I turned, the toaster oven was engulfed in smoke. I grabbed the above blackened tortilla and tossed it into the sink.  The windows were opened and all fans in the kitchen and bathroom turned on to suck the smoke out. I couldn’t even see Shane for the density of the smoke. 

What a way to start the day!  Obviously the house is still standing and neither Shane nor I suffered any irreversible smoke damage.  My clothes kind of reeked as did my hair but Mary (the message therapist) was kind enough not to mention it.  I made sure to tell the smoky story just to justify my odiferous condition.

Later in the day, THIS happened….


They ARE as good as they look and can be described as Kugelhopf (pronounced “KOO-guhl-hof”).  German for yeast cake filled with fruit.

The pastry is from THIS recipe from A Taste of Utica.

There was left over pastry so I simply rolled it out and spread a mince meat type of filling (raisins and fruit) over the rolled out dough.  *Note:  Mince meat is not vegetarian. To make your own vegetarian alternative, see this recipe.   I rolled the dough up length wise and placed it on a greased baking sheet in a 375 F oven for 30 minutes or until brown on top.  

If you prefer, spread your favorite fruit preserves over the pastry.  Truly delicious.


The pastry is light and flaky.  It has essence of almond and vanilla which a gentle sweetness. Perfect spur of the moment sweet surprise.

When was the last time you burned the toast?


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  • At 2010.07.19 12:52, Monet said:

    I want to make that pastry! I have a lot of fruit jam, and I feel like I could adapt the recipe to make use of it. The other night, I was toasting some bread with cheese on top and it nearly caught on fire! Needless to say I was very disappointed (especially since it was my last slice of cheese!)

    • At 2010.07.19 14:14, Lindsay said:

      The last thing I burned was smores brownies a few years ago. You top the brownies with marshmallows and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes until they brown. Within seconds of putting them in, the whole pan went up in flames. Needless to say they’ve never been attempted again. The bad part is I still don’t know what I did wrong. They weren’t too close to the broiler or anything. Smoky mess for sure.

      • At 2010.07.19 16:23, Hannah said:

        Let’s see, the last thing that I burned horribly and beyond repair were breadcrumbs. I was actually working on a cookbook photo shoot, and that was the last of our bread! It was a real drag to have to run out to the store in the middle of things to get a new loaf. It’s really far to easy to burn the average bread… Look away for a few seconds and BOOM, black as tar. It does happen to everyone though, if it makes you feel better. 🙂

        • At 2010.07.19 16:28, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

          I have that same bike jersey and I love it! 😀

          • At 2010.07.19 22:59, Liz said:

            Love your bike shirt!!

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