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Recipe for family meals :

Plum Kuchen

This recipe comes from the the Bitchin Kitchen web site which is run by Faith Heinauer. This is what she said in describing Bitchin Kitchen:

" I grew up in a household that loved not only food, but also the creative process of cooking and entertaining. My father is a professional chef and my mother was a former pastry chef. After earning my degree in hotel and restaurant management, I joined my father's catering business and started teaching cooking classes. Growing up in the restaurant scene offers a lot of culinary observations; add my knack for experimenting in the kitchen, and you've got my collection of recipes and tricks of the trade. So, if you want to talk food, get a great recipe or hear the latest culinary scoop, you're at the right place!"

"Kuchens [KOO-khen] are a German specialty. They are typically made with yeast and served for breakfast or as dessert. Being the rule-breaking German gal that I am, Ive omitted the yeast and serve this treat anytime. Its dainty, light and tender to the crumb, and perfect for any occasion that calls for a little sweet something".


1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
4 medium plums, pitted and sliced*
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon butter, room temperature

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Grease and flour an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, milk and oil. Mix until combined (batter should be lumpy). Spread batter into the prepared pan. Arrange plum slices on top of batter.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and butter. Evenly sprinkle topping over the plums.
  • Bake for 30 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Place kuchen on wire rack and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Remove the sides of the pan and serve cake warm or at room temperature.

*May substitute with pears, peaches or apples.

Serves 10