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The Ecogastronomy Initiative // Recipes // Fruit Kuchen

Fruit Kuchen

Kuchen is a traditional German dessert or teacake brought over to Chile during and after WWII. You can use fresh, frozen, or canned fruit. These are easy to make and cut into bars.

13×9 “ pan, 375 degrees. 20-25 minutes

Filling:

450 grams of fruit- this can be fresh apples, fresh berries, or frozen berries.

Topping:
½ cup of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 ½ tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon water

Cut together with a pastry cutter or your fingers the flour, baking powder, sugar and butter until a coarse meal forms. Stir in the water. The mixture will still be crumbly.

Base:

¾ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¾ sticks of butter- 7 ounces, 100 grams, or 14 tablespoons: Softened
½ cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
½ teaspoon of vanilla
1-2 tablespoons milk.

Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the eggs. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and beat into the butter mixture. Add the milk- the mixture should be very creamy and well mixed.

Spread the base into the 13×9 inch pan. Spinkle the fruit over the base leaving some of the base showing. Sprinkle the topping on top. When it bakes, the base raises between the fruit for a coffee cake like appearance.

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