Saturday, October 8, 2011

Grandma's Kuchen...

It is a beautiful fall.  Words cannot describe how much I love this time of the year.  I invited some friends over yesterday to celebrate and had them taste test the rhubarb wine.  It was given a thumbs up.  We had a great time and again I say I am a lucky woman. 

The greenhouse is cleared out and the spring bulbs are planted.  The leaves are taking their time and easing into the fall colors.   It is raining today, something we really needed.  My plants are thankful.  I am dragging out sewing patterns and dusting off the sewing machine.  Time to think about indoor activities.  I'm also planning what types of soups I can pressure cook.  It is that time of the year when your mind goes from watermelon to pumpkins and from lemonade to cider. 
I spent the morning on the porch with Ella.  Enjoying the beginning of the day.  The scent of the phlox and asters calms the mind.

I will leave you with a cup of coffee and my Grandmother's Kuchen recipe.   When I make it I think of her kitchen and sitting at the table visiting with a cup of coffee and a piece of kuchen.  For those of you who have no German relatives, kuchen is a German fruit cake.  A wonderful fall treat. 

Grandma's Kuchen
1 c. flour
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 t. salt 
1/2 c. butter
Crust should be dough like and pressed into the bottom of the pan.  Arrange sliced apples or peaches on top of the crust.  You may want to soften the apples a bit by boiling them in water.

2 eggs
1 c. of sugar
1/4 t. of salt
3 T. flour
1 c. sour cream
Mix with mixer until light.  Then pour over the top of the apples.  I sprinkled cinnamon and nutmeg on the top.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes and 325 degrees for 35 minutes.  Store in the refrigerator.


  1. Oh yum, I have wanted to try something new and I think this is going to be just the ticket. It sounds wonderful.
    It always looks so pretty around your place, so I bet fall is just out of this world.

  2. HELLO!!! I've missed your last few posts, I've got to pay better attention! I have loved sitting and catching up today! I love the fall too, and I LOVE Kuchen, but have never made it myself--It looks like something I will have to try, THANSK for the recipe! Another one of my German favorites is Christmas Stollen--That I'll never try to make! :-)

    Enjoy your weekend!! I'm glad you're doing well!!

  3. Oh it all sounds so wonderful. Never had rubarb wine sounds yummy I love rubarb pie lol My mum used to make from scratch fruit cake it was yummy but hers was the British version lol Lovely photos and post dont you just love this time of year . Have a wonderful day !

  4. I'm so happy to have this recipe--I love Kuchen and I LOVE the fall landscape of your home. XOXO

  5. I loved this post. It was so tranquil. I just love how you described the crossing over from summer to fall...dusting off your sewing machine. I, too, have been thinking about working on some sewing projects. It is such a wonderful time of year. I think when it rains this time of year..that feeling of home and simmering, that is such a great feeling. Thank you for posting this recipe for Kuchen. I most definitely will try this. I have never made it before. I have German ancestors. My father's grandparents were straight from Germany. My maiden name is Bergener.

  6. This posting made me smile. I felt like I was sitting with you and enjoying kuchen and coffee AND Ella...and birdsong, toads, dragonflies, so much more.

    Yes, we are blessed to have an apron handmade and heartmade by Susan. This weekend was the anniversary of the death of her dear daughter Kelly.

    Sending love across the miles,


  7. This looks so yummy. I have a box of apples from a local farm and I am looking for a few projects to make from them. This Kuchen is perfect. Thank you for sharing a family recipe. Grandma's recipes are always the best.

  8. This looks nice, and not too difficult!

  9. Oh, you took me back a hundred years. My grandma was Austrian and the smells of her kitchen are still alive in my nostrils!

  10. Your Grandmother's recipe sounds wonderful!

  11. I love autumn as well! Your grandma's kuchen sounds devine, am going to give it a try.

  12. Been lurking for a while, but this post made me want to comment!
    I could not agree more, this fall season has been sensational. How wonderful you have these things that are sentimental, the apron and the recipe!
    I am your newest follower!


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