This Kuchen Recipe is a traditional German Dessert consisting of a sweet dough, a custard layer and a fruit topping. For this recipe, we used peaches but you can really use whatever you’d like!
What Is A Kuchen?
Kuchen, literally translated from German to English, means cake. This traditional treat usually consists of a slightly sweet dough topped with a custard layer. A lot of times, it is finished with a fruit topping. But sometimes, there is a layer of cinnamon sugar on top. It can be eaten as a dessert, midday snack or paired with Coffee or Tea.
Today, it mainly lives on in the U.S. in South Dakota, where it is the official State Dessert. It’s featured in many festivals during the year throughout the state.
How To Make Peach Kuchen
We’ve topped out Kuchen with Peaches and think it’s absolutely delicious! For step-by-step instructions, check out our printable recipe card below. But here is what you’ll need to get started.
- FLOUR – Any brand of all-purpose flour.
- POWDERED SUGAR – Using confectioners sugar in this recipe is what gives this dough it’s slightly sweet flavor.
- SALT – It’s always important to bake desserts with salt to offset the sweetness.
- BUTTER – Unsalted butter. Cubed and Cold. We will be cutting the butter into the dry ingredients.
- CANNED PEACHES – Drained. Do not use Peach Pie Filling.
- EGGS – If possible, get your eggs to room temperature before adding.
- GRANULATED SUGAR – This will be mixed in to make our custard layer.
- SOUR CREAM – The main ingredient of our custard layer. You can try using light sour cream, but it may alter the results of this dish.
Do You Need To Use Canned Fruit in A Kuchen Recipe?
You can use fresh or frozen peaches for this kuchen recipe. If using Frozen Peaches, make sure you thaw them first and use a paper towel to pat out any access moisture. If using fresh peaches, you may need to increase the baking time a bit.
Can You Use Any Fruit As A Kuchen Topping?
Kuchens are one of those recipes that seem to have been adapted in many ways. We’ve seen Kuchen topped with blueberries, strawberries, prunes, plums, cherries, apples and pears. We’ve also seen versions with just sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar on top. Feel free to try whatever sounds good to you.
Storage, Freezing and Leftovers
You don’t need to refrigerate leftover kuchen. It will be fine in an airtight container, or wrapped in plastic wrap on your counter. Leftovers should stay good for around 4 days.
I wouldn’t freeze Kuchen. The custard layer won’t thaw out very well.
We hope you enjoy this delicious German Kuchen Recipe. We’d love to hear how it turns out in the comment section. Happy Eating!
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- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick 1/2 cup, butter, cubed and cold
- 3 cans 14.75 oz each, sliced peaches, drained (not peach pie filling)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 450 and grease an 11" round baking pan. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup flour, powdered sugar and salt with butter.
- Cut in butter with the back of a spoon to create a dough. This will take a little time, so don't give up. Mixture may look crumbly, but will hold shape when pressed together.
- Press dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- Place peaches on top of dough.
- Whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, salt and sour cream until smooth.
- Pour on top of peaches.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 and bake for an additional 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until just warmed or cool completely until ready to serve.
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