|Fresh fruit for part of the filling, apples and peaches.|
|Sliced apples waiting to be mixed with in with the ones that already have cinnamon and sugar|
|Sliced peaches, lightly sprinkled with sugar|
|10 cups of flour, 2 cups boiled water, 2 cups scalded milk, 3 eggs and oil mixed with sugar|
|3 pkgs. rapid rise yeast|
|3 pkgs. of yeast and 3/4 cup of the boiled water, that is now luke warm|
|Sweet dough before the flour is added|
|Dough with the flour added, before raised to double in size|
|For the custard, 8 eggs and 1 quart of heavy whipping cream|
|The custard starting to cook|
|Dough all pressed into pie pans|
|Fruit on the bottom|
|Topped with custard|
|Sprinkled with cinnamon. (This is a must!)|
|Had some left over dough and made some buns|
|They're really yummy too. Especially, when still warm and you put some butter on them|
|4 finished kuchen|
|One dozen finished kuchen|
|See all the nice layers?! Yum!!!|
|Kuchen, it's delicious and worth the time it takes to make it|
Kuchen takes a long time to make, but the end result is totally worth it. The first time I made them by myself it took somewhere between 6 and 7 hours. This last time was much better, it only took 3 hours and 45 mins. Pretty much cutting my time in half was great. So, on to the recipe. . .
2 cups milk (scalded and cooled to luke warm)
2 cups boiled water (cooled to luke warm)
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. salt
2/3 cup oil
3 pkgs. yeast (dissolved in 3/4 cup of the boiled water that is now luke warm)
10-12 cups flour
Mix all the ingredients except the flour. Then once everything is well mixed add the flour one cup at a time. Knead until smooth, dough will be soft and sticky. Grease the bowl and cover with a dish towel, then let dough raise until doubled. Once doubled knead twice before shaping into bottom of pie pans. Don't let raise while in the pie pan. Top with fruit of choice and then fill with custard (see custard recipe below).
**Note: if you are using this recipe for buns, knead twice before shaping into buns and then let rise until double in size before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins. or until golden brown and brush with butter.
Custard Filling for Kuchen
1 qt. heavy cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
Pinch of salt
3 tsp. vanilla
While the dough is doubling mix all the above ingredients in a pan and simmer on low-medium heat until thick (pudding like consistency). Stirring constantly as it can scorch easily. Stop cooking before it sets. Once finished pour over fruit and sweet dough in prepared pie pans, then spinkle with cinnamon. Bake kuchens at 350 degrees for 20-25 mins. or until set and edges of dough are golden brown. Cool and enjoy!
Yields: 12 Kuchen
**They freeze well and make a great breakfast, just take out of the freezer the night before to thaw.