Strawberry Pecan Kuchen

In the early 1990s, I studied German to help with my job and my most lasting benefit was being able to translate German recipes.  This is an adaptation of one of them.


Strawberry topping:

  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tblsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 2 drops almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • 3 Tblsp. canola oil
  • 3 Tblsp. sour cream
  • 3 Tblsp. milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tblsp. chopped toasted pecans for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Spray or oil an 8″ baking pan

To make strawberry topping: In a medium saucepan, place strawberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch and water.  Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until sauce is thickened and strawberries are soft.  Remove from heat – stir in almond extract and vanilla.   Set aside.

To make kuchen: In a medium bowl, place the oil, sour cream, milk, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Whisk until blended.  Stir in flour just until mixed well.  Batter will be thick – spread batter in prepared 8″ pan, using fingertips dampened with water to push the batter in place.

Spread the reserved strawberry mixture on top of the batter and sprinkle with pecans.

Bake @ 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes until cake is browned on edges and beginning to brown on top.

Serve warm.  Yield:  4-6 servings

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

2 thoughts on “Strawberry Pecan Kuchen”

  1. Been reading your blog now for quite some time and really love it. I don’t know if it’s your style or not , but do you think you could do a post on the oil spill in the gulf?

    I love your thoughts and opinions, and would love to see your comments on this tragedy.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Actually, it’s not my style on my blog to comment on anything sad and tragic, which I consider the gulf oil spill to be. I never mention personal problems on the blog and try to keep it a happy place.

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