Saturday, January 2, 2016

It's a New Year! 2016 and Peach Kuchen

January 2 has been declared (by my dear spouse) a Day for Peach Kuchen!

Atmospheric 80s music: you know, Girls Just Want to Have Fun .

After I found my recipe (in the 1991 Emley Family Reunion cookbook), I realized it wasn't complete so had to review a few recipes online to make sure I added the right amount of sugar to the dough. The results looked almost exactly like this, and tasted divine:

Peach Kuchen

1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp salt
1 c. milk, scalded
¼ c. sugar
1 pkg yeast
1 whole egg plus 1 yolk, beaten
3 cups sifted flour

1.      Scald milk (heat on low fire until there are bubbles on the edge and a film rises to the top); add to shortening and salt in a large bowl. Cool to lukewarm.
2.      Mix yeast and sugar into the milk/shortening, let stand 5 minutes.  Add eggs. Add flour, mix thoroughly (may need a little more flour).
3.      Knead into a smooth dough; place in greased bowl and let raise 1 hour.
4.      Split dough into thirds , pat into the bottom and up on the sides of 3 pans (9” round, square or pie pans); let rest in a warm place until the custard is done.

1 pint whipping cream
2/3 c. sugar
3 eggs
5.      Cook custard over a low/medium burner, stirring until it begins to coat the spoon. Set aside.

1 ½ large can sliced peaches or plums

6.      Pat the dough down in the bottom and up the sides of the pans.
7.      Spread fruit on top of the dough
8.      Pour custard over the fruit
9.      Sprinkle with cinnamon.
10.   Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (custard is soft, crust is slightly brown).
11.   Serve warm, room temperature, or cold.

This recipe brings back happy memories of my sister-in-law Alice Hilmoe teaching me to bake Kuchen in our first home. Also many memories of baking and eating it.

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