Kuchen is a word for cake in Germany.
word variations are also Kuka, Kuga.

Some people say KOO-ken and some say KOO-gan

If someone asks "What is German cuisine like?", You could say " well they serve Kuchen for a dessert or with afternoon coffee. It is a cake made from a sweet dough and most often topped with fruit, with or without a custard topping and baked.

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Here are a few recipes for kuchen. Start with the basic kuchen dough. You most often see apple and plum, but you can use any kind of topping that you can imagine. Some Kuchen's use just a Streusal topping, while other's have a custard filling, like Bienenstich Kuchen.



Basic Kuchen Dough Recipe

This is the basic Sweet Dough to make a kuchen.
It is a rich sweet dough with eggs and butter but not too sweet.
Another characteristic is that it has grated lemon peel in it.

This is my grandma Emma's recipe for apple kuchen

Plum Kuchen
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how to make it

Zwetschgenkuchen is a German style plum cake that uses Zwetschgen also known as Italian Plums. Marsha McElligot's mom used a pie crust instead of a sweet dough which is most often the tradition with Kuchens.
Pizza Style Plum Kuchen
This is a kuchen that is baked like a pizza but still using the
same dough. I like this style because you can eat it is finger food,
and the crust bakes nicely thin and crispy.

Nectarine or Peach Kuchen
One of my most favorite fruits.
Peaches or nectarines make the perfect Kuchen.

Olga's Recipe for Fruit Kuchens
apple, pear, nectarine, peach-almond kuchen
Butter Kuchen
this is a basic kuchen topped with butter and sugar
Bienenstich Kuchen
this is a kuchen that is filled with cream filling,
a honey-like glaze and toasted almonds.

This is very popular kuchen through out most of Germany
Rhubarb Kuchen
This a Ruhbarb Kuchen that is baked in a sheet pan.

This is my grandma Emma's recipe for cheese cake Kuchen

German Apple Cake Kuchen

This recipe from my friend Heike is more like a cake and uses a batter instead of a dough. It is such a cool way of making a cake that exposes the fruit on top of the dough.

German Plum Cake Kuchen

Same cake as aboveonly using plums and I made it in a round and also a square glass baking dish.



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