Peach Kuchen Recipe
Each major holiday of the year we would gather either in my grandparent’s backyard or in a picnic-style set up garage to enjoy family’s company and a chance to catch up with each other’s lives. The eating would start after everyone had arrived and soon after, everyone would scatter to a different table to make sure they got to talk to everyone there and eventually a back-rubbing line would start on one of the benches of the picnic tables.
Each get-together would never fail to end with a thick piece of Granny’s kuchen. She usually made a few different kinds so there was enough to go around and we could try new flavors than what she made for the previous holiday. In our German family, kuchen was always a staple, but no one made it like Granny did. In fact no one even tried. Many years before my Granny passed away I remember starting to ask her if I could have the recipe. Like most of the best bakers, she would always tell me she didn’t measure; it was just all in her head. Eventually we got her to write down some version of her recipe but it wasn’t the same. So with my baking skills (that must have been passed down from her!), I edited the recipe I was given to try and come as close to her real recipe as possible. Her crust was always quite thick with very little room for filling and I always thought one of the best flavors was her peach kuchen recipe because peaches always taste fresh in a kuchen when you use home canned peaches like I do. (But feel free to use fresh peaches if you have them!)
Peach Kuchen Recipe
What You Need:
- 2 ¼ cups white flour
- ¼ cup shortening
- ¼ cup + 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup cream
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups sliced or chopped peaches
In a small bowl, mix together the yeast, water, and a teaspoon of sugar. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, shortening, sugar, and 2 whole eggs. Mix together until crumbly. Add in the yeast mixture. You may need to add a little milk to make a nice sticky dough. Knead the dough for several minutes. Place it in a warm area and cover to let it rise for about an hour.
Grease a 9×9 (or slightly larger) pan. Pat the dough into the bottom of the pan and slightly up the sides. Place in a pre-heated to 350 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. During this time, in a medium bowl, mix together the cream, cinnamon, and egg yolks. After you take the bread out of the oven, place the chopped peaches in the middle and pour the cream mixture over the top. Place back in the oven and bake for another 30-40 minutes or until the middle has set up. Enjoy warm or cold.
Have you ever had kuchen before? Do you think you will try this Peach Kuchen Recipe?