Coffee Kuchen


As a person of mostly German descent I feel like I should have know what Kuchen was/is but I had to look it up. Kuchen (pronounced (KOO-ken) is the German word for cake. I think it's usually kind of a coffee cake.

It's been a cool and rainy fall weekend so Kuchen seemed like exactly the right thing to bake.

Here's the recipe I used (from the cookbook shown above - published in 1956):

Coffee Kuchen

3 cups sifted, all-purpose flour

3 tsp baking powder

Few grains salt

2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup strong coffee

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/8 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar. Cut in shortening and butter with two knives or pastry blender. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture for topping. Combine coffee, evaporated milk and baking soda. Add to remaining flour mixture and mix well. Add beaten eggs. Spoon into large muffin pans, filling half full. Add cinnamon to topping mixture and sprinkle on top of batter. Bake in moderate oven, 375 degrees F., 25 min. Makes 1 dozen*.

*NOTE: when they say large muffin pans - they mean it. All that I have is standard size muffin pans (cupcake size) and this recipe made 24 in that size. Adjust cooking time accordingly if you're using the smaller muffin pan. My kuchen was actually a little burned after just 15 minutes of baking (although I think my oven runs a little warm).