German Peach Kuchen
8 to 10 servings scale / convert
2 lb. ripe peaches, peeled and sliced (about 6); or 2-1/2 pkg. (10 oz. each) frozen sliced peaches, drained
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1-1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. milk
1-1/2 tbsp. grated lemon peel
1/4 cup butter or regular margarine, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 egg yolk
3 tbsp. heavy cream
Sweetened whipped cream or soft vanilla ice-cream
Pour enough boiling water over peaches in large bowl to cover. Let stand 1 minute to loosen skins; then drain, and plunge into cold water for a few seconds to prevent softening of fruit. With paring knife, pare peaches; place in a large bowl.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Sprinkle peaches with lemon juice to prevent darkening. Slice into the bowl; toss to coat with lemon juice; set aside.
Onto sheet of waxed paper, sift flour with the sugar, baking powder, and salt. In large mixing bowl, using fork, beat eggs with milk and lemon peel. Add flour mixture and melted butter, mixing with fork until smooth—1 minute. Do not over-mix.
Butter a 9-inch Springform pan, or 9-inch round layer-cake pan. (If cake pan is used, kuchen must be served from pan.) Turn batter into pan; spread evenly over bottom. (At this point, kuchen may be refrigerated several hour, or until about ½ hour before baking.)
Combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well.
DRAIN peach slices; arrange on batter, around edge of pan; fill in center with 5 peach slices. Sprinkle evenly with sugar-cinnamon mixture.
Bake 25 minutes. Remove kuchen from oven.
With a fork, beat egg yolk with cream. Pour over peaches. Bake 10 minutes longer.
Cool 10 minutes on wire rack. To serve, remove side of springform pan. Serve kuchen warm, cut into wedges, with sweetened whipped cream or soft vanilla ice cream. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
McCalls Cooking School
One of the delights of summer in Germany is fruit kuchen, an open face fresh fruit pie served warm from the oven. It’s made with pastry crust or raised yeast dough crust; a custard mixture is poured over the fruit before baking. In this recipe fresh ripe peaches is used, plus a crispy, rich biscuit crust, somewhat like shortcake. Kuchen can also be made with canned or frozen fruit. Fragrant peach kuchen is especially delicious with whipped cream or a la mode. Time the kuchen to bake during dinner so that it will be at just the right temperature to serve for dessert. The batter may be mixed ahead of time, turned into a baking pan and refrigerated for as long as 3 hours. At brunch, serve kuchen instead of coffeecake.
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