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Kuchen Recipe

This special treat is kuchen, pronounced “ku-gen”, which is the German word for cake

If you think back to when you used to visit grandma’s house as a child, I am sure grandma always had some special kind of dessert for you. Whether it be some sort of cookie, brownie, or cake. For children who grew up in Germans from Russia households, that special treat is kuchen, pronounced “ku-gen”, which is the German word for cake. Kuchen is a rich custard dessert with fruit poured into a sweet dough for the crust.

This recipe is courtesy of Prairie Californian.


For the dough:

  • 2 Cups warm milk
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 (1/4 oz.) package yeast
  • 6 Cups flour
  • 1/2 Cup oil
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs

For the filling:

  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • dash salt
  • fruit or topping of choice
  • cinnamon & Sugar mixture


For the dough:

Mix all dough ingredients together well. Form dough into one large ball and place in well oiled bowl. Cover and set in a warm place to rise until doubled.

For the filling:

While the dough is rising, combine all filling ingredients (except fruit, cinnamon, and sugar) in a small saucepan over the stove. Cook on medium heat, stirring until thick. Set aside and let cool.

Prepare your fruit of choice. Divide dough into balls and roll to fit into pie pans.

Lay fruit on top of dough and add filling (about 1/2 cup each kuchen). Sprinkle with equal parts sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 350ºF for about 20 minutes. Custard filling will set as kuchen cools. Store in refrigerator or freeze once cool.