Regular contributor Jim Chevalier writes in to observe:
Just like the croissant and the bagel, one myth goes that the kugelhopf was invented at the siege of Vienna by the Turks. Supposedly in imitation of the sultan’s turban.
I’ve heard a number of stories about baking and battles over Vienna, but that’s new one on me. Guess it’s time to chuck the kugelhopf onto the Battle of Vienna myth heap! Thanks Jim!