Grandpa's Onion Kuchen-German

Grandpa's Onion Kuchen-german

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Bonnie Beck


When I was very little & my Mom was little, back in Chicago, my grandfather whom I adored would make this wonderful Onion Kuchen.

Grandpa's are special, especially when Sundays come & they read you the Sunday funnies while you sit on their lap & it's snowing outside.

I loved spending time with my Grandpa. I remember he would wax his car in the garage while I sat on the running board. There was always fresh flowers daily he would place in the two glass holders inside the car, for my grandmother whom he loved so much.
He was mighty proud of his car & kept it till his death 1956.


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  • 1
    yeast cake, or 1 pkg of dry yeast, i haven't seen yeast cakes in the store in years
  • 3 Tbsp
    cane sugar
  • 1/4 c
    whole milk, scalded and cooled to 120*
  • 1/4 c
    half and half or cream. warmed to 120*
  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter
  • 1/4 tsp
    sea salt, fine
  • 1
    exlarge egg, separated
  • 1 1/4 c
    flour, sifted before measuring

  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter
  • 2
    large texas sweet onions. thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2
    exlarge eggs
  • 1/2 tsp
    fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 slice
    thick bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled

How to Make Grandpa's Onion Kuchen-German


  1. I use a 9" springform pan, greased sides and bottom. My grandpa used a cast iron skillet.
  2. Stir yeast into the warm milk with 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar. Let it foam. Then add to warm half/half or warm cream.
  3. Slightly beat the yolk with a fork.

    Combine the flour, salt, butter, yolk and remaining sugar in bowl.

    Mix well.

    Add the yeast mixture and mix well. Refrigerate in a covered bowl.

    The next day take the dough out of the refrig. and let it rest to warm sightly to room temp.

    Beat the egg white till it well foamed, just before it starts to peak. Fold in the batter.
  4. Topping:
    Cook the bacon until crisp, drain, and crumble it. Set aside.

    Melt butter or use the bacon greased in a skillet on high heat, do not brown the butter. When hot add the onions, turn down heat and cook until soft and slightly golden. Add the flour and mix it well to incorporated into the onions and butter. Transfer onions to a bowl and cool.
  5. In another bowl add the eggs, salt, and nutmeg and beat until foamy. Add the onions. Add the bacon on top.
  6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Place in pan and let rest for 30 minutes.

    Place dough in well greased pan and add the topping.

    Bake in center oven at 375* for about 50 minutes or until golden brown.

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About Grandpa's Onion Kuchen-German

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: German
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #onions

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