Although the pastry is usually sweet, there are also savoury Kougelhopfs, cooked for example with bacon and walnuts: a mouth-watering recipe.
But whatever the recipe, all the famous cakes are always made in the same shape thanks to the Kougelhopf mould, known as a chimney-shaped mould.
This shape allows a better distribution of heat in the heart of the dough during baking. Made of copper or enamelled terracotta, the mould is usually very decorated.
Indeed, in Alsace the Kougelhopf moulds are traditional objects which are passed on from generation to generation and decorate kitchens.