Old Fashioned Cherry Kuchen. Boasting a simple six ingredient filling kissed with cinnamon and almond, bursting with seasonal cherries. Lush!
Eager to continue my documentation of family recipes, I stumbled across this one hidden away in an old cookbook. Something so delicious that I’d long forgotten about, I was thrilled to have it pop out at me. This version of Old Fashioned Cherry Kuchen is attributed to my extremely German maternal grandmother.
Kuchen – pronounced cookin in German, actually describes several types of sweet and savory desserts though I cannot recall her ever concocting something savory. Granny’s cherry kuchen takes form using a “pie-like” pastry sporting a thick “cake-like” crust. The lush fillings for these types of kuchen include seasonal fresh fruit suspended in delicious sweetened custard.
For those of you familiar with the pie crust process this will be a no brainer. As a matter of fact, the crust practically makes itself. No rolling, no cracking, no cursing. Just dump the blended mixture into the pie plate. Press dough along the bottom and up the sides. PRESTO! Your crust is ready to take on filling.
As I recall, my grandmother used frozen cherries for this. My variation on her theme uses fresh because I prefer the texture fresh imparts to this dessert. After 45 minutes of bake time the cherries still have a bit of snap to them and makes for a more pleasant experience. IMHO, anyway.
Fresh or frozen this sinfully easy and delicious dessert is sure to please and earn you snaps!