When I worked at the bank I had a customer who use to always come to my window to make his deposits for his business. He owned a bakery. He always smelled like doughnuts! lol I asked him one day if he would give me his recipe for the kuchen's that he sold. He wouldn't do it till the week he decided to close his bakery and retire. This recipe makes enough for 5 kuchens. You will put a little time into this recipe till you get used to handling the dough and knowing the toppings. It's worth all your troubles. My favorite is the cinnamon or butter kuchen.
prep time1 Hr 30 Min
cook time20 Min
Ingredients For german kuchen
butter, room temperature
active dry yeast
dark cherry pie filling
apples, thinly sliced and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar to taste
How To Make german kuchen
Dough: Scald milk and add butter, sugar, and salt. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a separate bowl and then add to milk mixture. Beat in eggs.
Then add flour.
Cover and let rise until doubled. About an hour.
Punch down and divide into 5 pieces.
Roll out into the desired shape and let rise 30 minutes. Then choose your topping. I used a 9" round cake pan for mine.
Cinnamon Topping: Use a pastry blender to mix butter and brown sugar and flour. Add cinnamon and sprinkle over dough after it rises the second time.
Dot with butter if desired.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
Cherry Topping: Heat can of dark cherry pie filling.
Spread on the crust after it rises a second time.
Bake for 20 minutes at 375.
Cheese Topping; Mix cottage cheese, egg, and sugar in a blender or bowl until creamy. Heat slowly until warm on the stove.
Pour on the dough after rises a second time.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.
Butter Topping: Beat together sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly beat in oil. Add oil too fast and it will curdle. Heat on top of stove until hot.
Pour on the crust after the second rising.
Bake 25 minutes at 375.
Apple Topping: Roll this dough out in a rectangle.
Peel and slice thinly 3 apples. Fill the center with apples and dot with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and nutmeg to taste.
Bake 20 minutes at 375.
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