Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cooking with Friends: Cookin' Kuchen

My Aunt Barb, also known as Aunt Bubba due to my inability to say Barbara when I was first starting to talk, makes the best kuchen I've ever had. She was taught by her mother-in-law, who was from Germany. Though it can be made with any fruit, Plum Kuchen is my favorite. Last Tuesday night she had my mom and I over for dinner. After a nice roast chicken dinner that my mom had brought, we were treated to the pièce de résistance, a plum and apple kuchen. Here is a piece of full on plum glory, topped by fresh whipped cream...

If you're not familiar with kuchen, the word "Kuchen" itself is the German word for cake. The base of my Aunt's kuchen is cake based, as seen in the photo below, topped with a layer of fruit, then streusel topping. You'll notice the apple in this photo in the right side of the kuchen, she made one end of apple, which is James' favorite. RECIPE:

~ For the Base:

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1/4 cup shortening

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup milk

    ~ 3 cups (or more) of fruit

    ~ For Streusel Topping:

    • 1 cup flour

    • 1/2 cup sugar

    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

    • 1/8 tsp salt

    Base: Sift together flour, baking powder, and 1 tbsp sugar. Cut in the shortening. Stir in combined egg and milk with a fork. Spread into a greased 10"x6"x2" pan. Brush with 2 tbsp melted butter. Arrange fruit on top. Cover with streusel mixture. Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes, until fruit is tender. Cool to eat.

    It is so good that you are guarantee with these results...


    suzaila said...

    I don't know what it is but it looks absolutely yummy :-)

    suzaila said...

    Ohhh thanks for the recipe. I don't have shortening at the moment, can I use butter instead?

    Amy Jemima said...

    I think you can, I just found this on-line: 1 cup shortening = 1 cup + 2 tablespoons butter.

    If you do make it, I'd be curious to know how the butter worked out instead of shortening. At least butter is a little more identifiable than shortening :-)

    Jane King said...

    what is shortening?!

    Amy Jemima said...

    It's like lard but is made from vegetables fat. I think you have vegetarian lard, so that would work. If I'm remembering it correctly, it is firmer than shortening, but that probably means less trans fats or something.

    Jane King said...

    anything with lard as an ingredient is guaranteed to be good!! The unhealthier the better it tastes in my experience!!