Oktoberfest in Germany begins Saturday, September 22, 2012, and ends Sunday, October 7, 2012...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

German Fresh Peach Kuchen

Hi!   I wanted to end our week of Oktoberfest with a fabulous German treat, so I have been researching German Kuchen recipes.  Kuchen is the German word for cake - pronounced: koo-hun, and there are many variations of an authentic German Kuchen.  The recipe I chose includes fresh peaches and has a streusel topping.   It was very easy to make and the yield was enough for us to enjoy as well as my husband’s fire station crew.   Give this recipe a try and share your thoughts.

The following is my adaptation….


Ingredients    ~~  Serves 20  ~~

1 stick margarine ( Imperial )
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
9 large peaches – peeled and sliced

Streusel:

    * 1 cup flour
    * 1 cup sugar
    * 1/2 cup softened margarine
    * sprinkling of cinnamon
    * ½ cup finely chopped walnuts


Directions:
First, grease and flour a 15x11-inch cookie sheet with sides.

Now, peel and slice peaches – set aside.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

Then, to a medium size mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ground mace.  Dry whisk to combine and distribute the leaven – set aside.

Now, using an electric mixer, cream the margarine and then add the beaten egg, the vanilla and the milk and mix on low until all is well incorporated.   Then, pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and mix on medium until you have a nice smooth dough.  
 Scrape the sides and lift the bottom and give the dough a gentle stir.

Spread batter thin in pan. 


Top with the sliced peaches.

Mix the streusel topping:
Mix with butter knives until crumbly the flour, sugar, and margarine.  Then sprinkle on top of fruit.

Then, sprinkle the top of the streusel covering with cinnamon and chopped walnuts.

Put pan on the center rack of oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 – 40 minutes or until done.


When cool enough, slice and serve.        Enjoy!!! 


Even better.....a la mode !




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