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by Angela Wiedl

Guten Tag!

Welcome to the Aug 12, 2012 German Goodies Newsletter

Pflaumenzeit ist Zwetschgenzeit!

Plums and Plums Time !
2 different kinds

Pflaumen
These are a rounder plum, with a clinging pit.

Zwetschgen
this plum is a more oblong and a freestone pit.

Folks have been writing me that their plums are ripening, and that has always been an exciting time for me. Growing up in the Northwest we had lots of plums and grandma had so many Zwetschgen, (what she called an Italian plum) that we gathered them off the ground. She made not only plum kuchen but put up lots of an extraordinary jam that she called Prune Conserve.

I am sure that other countries and cuisines have plum cake recipes but am not sure it's like the tradition that I see in German cuisine to make plum kuchen. Every year I get so many folks with German heritage tell about how this was such a big part of the late summer and fall and even years after their relatives who made the magic in the kitchen have passed they want this tradition to live on!

I look forward to making the Pflaumenkuchen or Zwetschgenkuchen when I go up for Dad's 90th birthday celebration this year.

 

Freezing Plums

If you want to save some plums and have this treat in the winter then here is a tip that Marge Wolf sent me:

 

I split them and pitted them. Then laid them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and froze them overnight. After they are frozen solid they can easily be placed in ziplock bags to keep in freezer until you are ready to make the kuchen. Wh ere we live, the Italian plums can only be found in September. So we like to store them for later use.


By the way I tried this and after 8 months the plums worked fantastic in a kuchen!

Thank you Marge Wolf!

Some of my favorite Plum Kuchens

Our Traditional style Kuchen in our family, using a sweet dough and baking in an rectangular baking dish.

Recipe for Traditional Plum Kuchen

This is one that I like to make sort of a pizza style kuchen. It is light and great for picking up and eating with your hands.

Recipe for a Pizza Style
Plum Kuchen

This style uses more of a sponge cake batter and the plums sink into the cake as it bakes.


German Plum Cake

 

Omi's Zwetschgenkuchen


Marsha McEllisgott sent me her grandma's recipe for Plum Kuchen.

This is a style that I have never seen before.

My mother (Gertrud Feuerle Coon) grew up and lived as a young woman in Germany in Schwäbisch Gmünd - then married a U.S. military officer at the end of World War II and came to the U.S. and lived out her life in the beautiful Finger Lakes area of New York which she often described as being so similar in landscape to her "home" . We are so happy to have many of her old German recipes and we hope you like this one.  Marsh McEllisgott.

Go here for Marsha's recipe for her Omi's Zwetschgenkuchen

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Kocher's Double Smoked Bacon is indispensable to add the right smoky flavor to traditional German dishes such as Rouladen. Try chopping it up into small pieces and using it to make your favorite Flammkuchen. Each piece has a bacon rind and is not overly salty.

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Want to see some Great German Engineering?
Roy Denman sent this video that
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German Music Selections

Oesch`s die Dritten - Ku-Ku Jodel

 

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Jodlerclub Wiesenberg und Francine Jordi

 

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Marc Pircher - Volksmusik medley

 

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Takeo Ischi - Bockwurst, Bier und Blasmusik

 

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Stefanie Hertel - Liebe hat tausend Gesichter 2006

 

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Stefanie Hertel - Lust auf Sommer

 

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More German Music

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