Kuchen – a German word for cake.
This is one of my favorite desserts since I was a kid. Mom would whip this up in her kitchen using whatever fruit we had on hand. This recipe is so versatile because you can use just about any type of fruit! During the summer, peaches and plums are delicious. In the fall, apples or pears. During the winter, even canned fruit works great!
I am determined to go blueberry pickin in Michigan next month and I will be taking this recipe with me!!
1 1/4 C flour
1/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C butter
2 egg yolks
2 TB milk
fruit (I used 4 large peaches, sliced)
1/2 C sugar
2 TB flour
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
2 TB butter
Sift flour with sugar, salt and baking powder.
Cut in butter until it crumbs. There are different techniques to cutting in butter, but I do it the old fashioned way using my fingers to break up cold butter into pea sized pieces as the flour mixture coats the butter.
Combine egg yolks and milk and add to the flour mixture. Once blended, spread and press into bottom of pan a 9×9″ square pan or 9″ round baking dish. Arrange fruit and cover with streusel crumbs.
Bake 375° for 45 minutes or less.
Kuchen is scrumptious served warm….even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
Ha! I need a bigger piece!