I’ve been making a version of this kuchen for many years. Originally, it was a German recipe which used quark, something that is not available in most of our Cincinnati-area grocery stores. I’ve found that sour cream or yogurt are good substitutes. This is very easy to put together with a variety of fruit toppings, not too sweet and a consistency that I haven’t found in other cakes. This was a good version with some leftover blackberries and a big Bartlett pear.
Blackberry Pear Kuchen
3 Tblsp. sour cream
3 Tblsp. milk
3 Tblsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 cup + 2 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
1 cup blackberries
1 cup pear slices
Cinnamon-Ginger Topping: 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar
and 1/4 tsp. each of cinnamon and ginger, mixed together
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch baking pan
In medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, oil and sugar.
Mix together the salt, flour, baking powder and baking soda, and gradually stir into sour cream mixture. Place batter in greased pan. The dough will be stiff and somewhat sticky. Dampen your hands with water and then press the dough into the pan.
Arrange the blackberries and pear slices over the top of the cake.
Bake @ 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Sprinkle Cinnamon-Ginger Topping over top of cake and continue baking for 5 more minutes.
Place on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before cutting into 6 servings.
In the 1980s-90s, my husband and I lived in a rural area called Blue Jay, located on the Ohio/Indiana border. My husband had a huge garden and every kind of berry bush and fruit tree that does well in our area. My favorites were the black raspberries and we got bumper crops year after year. I used them in every conceivable way, but regret that I found this recipe after we had to leave our country home and all the wonderful berries. It’s a quick, easy way to turn 1-½ cups of fresh raspberries into a delicious dessert with a little cake and lots of berries.
Butter is melted in the oven in a 9-inch pie plate. Then cake batter is poured over the butter (no stirring) and berries are scattered on top along with a sprinkling of sugar. The cake rises up over the berries to form a thin layer and is delicious warm from the oven or at room temperature.
¼ cup butter, cut into small pieces
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Dash of salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¾ tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup plus 2 Tblsp. milk
1-½ cups fresh raspberries
Additional 1-1/2 Tblsp. granulated sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and melt butter in 9-inch pie plate Heat until butter is melted but not brown.
Meanwhile, mix flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, salt and baking powder in bowl.
Stir in milk. Pour this batter over the melted butter – DO NOT STIR.
Drop berries over top, scattering evenly over surface. DO NOT STIR.
Sprinkle 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar on top and bake for 30 minutes @ 350 F degrees.
The butter and batter rise to make a thin top crust that is buttery, sugary and crunchy at the edges.
Delicious plain or with a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Italian Cheese Breadsticks
2 Tblsp. Fast acting yeast
2 tsp salt
2 Tblsp. granulated sugar
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1-1/2 cups water, heated to 130 degrees F
¼ cup canola oil
1-1/2 cups good flavored cheese, grated
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, place yeast, salt, sugar and 2 cups of flour.
Heat water to 130 degrees F, add cheese and stir to melt, reheat mixture to 130 degrees F.
Pour water/cheese mixture into bowl with flour mixture, add oil. Beat on medium speed with a paddle beater for 3 minutes. Remove the paddle beater and insert a dough hook. Continue to beat at medium speed, adding flour gradually for 6-½ minutes. You may not need all of the flour.
Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Punch down dough and using ¼ cup of dough, form into a cigar-shaped roll 5 inches long. Place on a greased baking pan 3 inches apart. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Bake breadsticks for approximately 12 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove to a rack to cool.
This recipe came from a favorite source in the 1980s – The Blue Ribbon Gazette, a newsletter with recipes from blue ribbon winners from all over the country. I won a blue ribbon with this bread at the large Harvest Home Festival (Cincinnati) in 1989.
This is a hearty bread that stays soft for several days and is wonderful toasted or used for a grilled sandwich.
HONEY OATMEAL BREAD
1-½ cups milk
1 cup oats, quick
1 Tblsp. salt
2 Tblsp. canola oil
One 13 oz. can evaporated milk, undiluted
¼ cup honey
2 Tblsp. fast acting yeast*
2 cups whole wheat flour
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
**I use Fleischmann’s Instant Dry Yeast. I buy it in bulk (454 g) and the package says that it is made in Canada. I understand it is packaged under the name “Instant Dry” for distribution through stores like Sam’s, “Rapid Rise” in the U.S. and “Quick Rise” in Canada. The “Instant Dry”, “Rapid Rise” or “Quick Rise” yeast is especially formulated to be used mixed with the dry ingredients and can withstand the hot liquid.
Grease three 7-½ inch or two 9-inch loaf pans
Place 1-½ cups of milk in a pan, bring to a boil. Add oats and salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add oil, evaporated milk, honey and salt. Cool to 130 degrees F. (cooling will take 10-15 minutes).
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, place yeast and 2 cups whole wheat flour. Beat to blend flour and yeast. Add 130 degree F milk/honey mixture and beat with paddle beater for 3 minutes on medium speed.
Remove paddle beater and insert dough hook. Continue to beat for 6-1/2 minutes, adding all-purpose flour a little at a time. You may not have to use all of the flour – the dough should be smooth and elastic after 6-1/2 minutes. Although a little sticky because of the honey.
Place dough in an oiled bowl, turn dough over once and cover with a napkin or tea towel. Let rise for 45 minutes in a warm place that is free of drafts (I put mine on top of my microwave which sets under a cabinet).
After 45 minutes, punch down dough (press your knuckles into the dough to deflate it). Remove dough to a lightly floured board and divide into three portions for 7-½ inch loaves or into two portions for 9 inch loaves. Roll each portion into a loaf, pinch seams to seal and place seam-side-down in a greased 7-½ inch or 9-inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake 7-½ inch loaves for approximately 30-35 minutes and the 9 inch loaves for about 50-60 minutes or until bread is golden brown and has a hollow sound when tapped (200 degrees on a bread thermometer*).
Cover with a piece of foil if top is browning too fast. Remove bread from pans immediately, cover with a napkin or a tea towel and let cool on a wire rack.
Yield: Three 7-½ inch loaves or two 9 inch loaves