Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Raspberry Kuchen



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a lovely old fashioned cake that's completely without pretense. Chances are your mother or grandmother made a cake quite similar to this one. It was codified by Better Homes and Gardens and it's been around for a while, fading in and out of fashion as eating habits change. The original recipe can be found in the no longer new, Better Homes and Gardens: New Baking Book. We used to call it "Poor Man's Cheese Cake," but it's officially called a Raspberry Kuchen. A kuchen is a cake-like dessert that has a soft dough crust and a topping of custard or cheese that contains berries or other fruits. I love this recipe for many reasons. There are no stray egg whites or yolks left to deal with when the cake is finished. What's not used in the crust is used in the custard and that appeals to my "green" instincts. The cake, which can be made without a mixer, is very easy to do and has the added advantage of being low in fat and only moderately sweet. Best of all, it can be made with fresh or frozen berries of any type. Frozen berries will produce a creamier cake because of the liquid they exude as the cake bakes. Cane berries of all sorts have come to market here in Oregon, but to tell the truth, they're not up to speed this year. Hopefully, they'll improve this week and we'll have something worth putting by. Until then, I'm relying on the stash in my freezer. I used frozen berries to make the cake today, so it's wonderfully creamy in taste and appearance. I hope those of you who are not familiar with this cake will give it a try. Here's the recipe.

Raspberry Kuchen
...from the kitchen of One Perfect bite inspired by Better Homes and Gardens: New Baking Book

Ingredients:
Base
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups fresh or frozen cane berries

Filling
1-1/2 cups plain low-fat or nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 slightly beaten egg yolks
1 slightly beaten whole egg
1-1/2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. If using frozen raspberries, thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes; drain.
2) In food processor bowl or medium mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup flour, the first 1/2 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Add melted butter, 2 egg whites and first teaspoon vanilla. Cover; process or stir by hand until mixed.
3) Spread onto the bottom of springform pan; sprinkle with berries. Set aside.
4) For filling, place yogurt in a large mixing bowl; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons flour. Add remaining sugar, yolks, whole egg, zest and remaining vanilla. Mix until smooth; pour over berries.
5) Bake for about 55 minutes or until center appears set when shaken gently. Cool for 15 minutes; remove sides of pan. Cover; chill until serving time, up to 24 hours. If you are feeling brave, you can remove pan bottom. Transfer to a serving plate. Yield: 10 - 12 servings.

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Cheese Kuchen - Madame Chow's Kitchen
Grandma's Pear Kuchen - Jules Food

80 comments:

livestocreate said...

I do remember Kuchen - and I love the name "Poor Man's Cheesecake". You inspire me - it looks delicious!

Monet said...

You have me sold! An easy dessert recipe that is relatively healthy. I loved how you used yogurt...I bet Greek Yogurt would be amazing in this. I wish I could get my hands on some fresh cane berries!

Jay said...

I think its fabulous...gona try this

Jeannie said...

Wow! looks gorgeous and sounds delicious! I will give this a try but will substitute with other fruits since berries are hard to find here; don't even think of cane berries. Thanks for sharing:D

3 hungry tummies said...

The look of the cake has already won me over! :)

Sweet and Savory said...

You struck a chord, Mary when you said that our mothers might have made these.

I don't remember, my Mom ever baking. She might have but I doubt, I was present, at the time.


Maybe, that is why, I have baked with my daughters and had their friends join us.

Now, they are both grown up. One had her own catering business for a while. Both are comfortable, in the kitchen.

I think, I should make this kuchen. It strikes a chord.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I'm with you Mary - hate having to remember that there are yolks or whites left from a prior separation waiting to be used in the fridge. I invariably forget about them.

Love an old fashioned recipe and it's pretty too!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Mary, this is new to me, Thanks for sharing the story of this old fashioned cake-Kuchen. Personally I feel the old fashioned cake must tasted good since it still popular till now. I must try this out if I can find some rasberry otherwise I will replace with other type of berries.

Priya said...

Absolutely delicious, cake looks simply superb..

Sushma Mallya said...

wow what a wonderful cake,love the layers ..

nocton4 said...

now look at that beauty, yum yum x
love to you my friend.

jelena said...

I love the old fashioned recipes too...we have very similar cakes here only we bake them with a thinner crust....there is nothing poor about this cake

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) said...

Looks beautiful, and I love the vibrant pink! I've printed the recipe and can't wait to make it!!!

rebecca said...

Lovely cake with which to showcase fresh berries! I too like it when I can use up both parts of the egg in one recipe.

My Little Space said...

Oh Mary, I've read about this recipe and it's quite a rich & flavourful kutchen. I am loving it as well. The one I made was a little plain cause I'm not planning to put in any custard. Maybe I should try one with your recipe. Sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day.
Blessings, Kristy

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I've never heard of Kuchen, it looks great! I have an 8" pan, gotta learn how to reduce recipes so they fit!

Foodessa said...

Mary...this cake appeals to me in 3 ways: my green conscious, my laziness (no beater) and lastly, but most important...my sweet tooth;o))
My 'Nonna' used to make a similar dessert...however, she never had a name for it. Now I know that it's a 'Kuchen'...how interesting to find this out when she's sadly no longer with us.

Have a fabulous day Mary.

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Nigel loves Raspberries, he would certainly like this. Diane

From the Kitchen said...

This has all the requirements for a summer dessert including berries and beauty! I have some frozen raspberries that need to be used to make room for more. Thank you!

Best,
Bonnie

Big Dude said...

Mary - reading your blog is like taking a cooking class. Not only do you post dishes I've never seen, you use words I've never heard of - like kuchen. It looks delicious and thanks for the continuing education.

Allie and Pattie said...

Having lived in the Hudson Valley for so long, kuchens are a staple here as they were in the kitchens of every farm wife and homemaker I knew. My Dad LOVES them
xoxo Pattie

Design Wine and Dine said...

Lovely! I too am a fan of not having leftover yolks or whites! I always say I'll use them and never do! This does look similar to a treat my Mom mom made...I feel like I can taste it! Thanks Mary!

penny aka jeroxie said...

Great to have a recipe that doesn't have stray eggs!

Martha said...

This looks like my kind of dessert . . . I love raspberries and I love these kind of desserts.

Rettabug said...

What a beautiful & mouth watering photo, Mary! Reminds me the grape kuchen a very elderly patient used to make for my very elderly hubby. She brought it to the office many a time & I have her hand written recipe someplace. I'm embarrassed to say I never made it. *blush* I will dig it out & compare it with yours...I bet they are the same. Thanks for the kick in the butt.

lostpastremembered said...

I like the way you added yogurt to make it less caloric... lovely dessert, Mary!

Simply Life said...

oh my, that looks sooo good!

Gloria said...

Dear Mary I love tis, we always make kuchen here, your look lovely and delicious, blessings, gloria

Vegetarian Yogini said...

Love this German twist with raspberries!-delightfully delicate indeed! Back in Moldova we have a lot of raspberry bushes and harvest them all summer long...I will pass on the recipe to my mother as well, since the only things we make of them are preserves and jams!

PeggyR said...

Oh how I love raspberries...yum!

Jenn said...

You had me at raspberry!!! Yum, this cake looks and sounds delicious!

Lynda said...

I'm loving this dessert Mary....I like the fact that there are no left over yolks or whites to deal with. I've bookmarked this to try soon.
Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Biren said...

This looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious! I love raspberries and this is really tempting me.

Katerina said...

It looks so perfect with its astonishing colors. Great photo too.

Cathy said...

Oh my, how delicious! I always use plums or peaches, but raspberries are a wonderful change. Lovely photo, Mary.

Mickey said...

Looks beautiful! I will have to try this one.Thanks Mary.
mickey

scrambledhenfruit said...

I've never made Kuchen- I love the fact that it looks and sounds like cheesecake but much lighter. Must try it! Thanks for sharing :)

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

If I ever get married, you are making the food for my wedding!!=)

Jennifurla said...

I love it gorgeous, tasty, simple

Alessandra said...

I love this type of cake, and it is perfect for summer too! Thank you Mary :-)

Eliana said...

Love simple cakes with no pretense. This one looks perfect for summer.

RamblingTart said...

Oh Mary, kuchen is pure comfort food for me. :-) Brings back such good memories of family dinners and potlucks. Beautiful. :-)

Valérie said...

This does look like the kind of cake grandmothers whip up with their grandkids! I love treats that exude that old-school aura!

Julie M. said...

I don't think I've ever had a kuchen before and after seeing yours, i have no idea why. It looks like the perfect summer dessert. I need to track down some cane berries!

Susi said...

Mary I adore this recipe! It looks wonderful and I know it will appeal to my family and guests I'm hosting this weekend. I can't wait to make and serve it!

Chele said...

Looks wonderful, I just want to dive straight in. Interesting to note that this version is a dessert one. I made a version a couple of Christmas' ago for Xmas morning breakfast that I ofund in one of Nigella's books. It was Apple and Bluckberry and was a mix between a cake and bread almost. I'll need to give this one a try purely for comparison reasons of course ... lol

Brenda De Sousa said...

Oh it looks beautiful and yummy. I definitely have to try this!

Joanne said...

I've never had a kuchen before but I know I would love it, texturally and tastewise! The raspberries in it look so tasty!

Suman Singh said...

WOW...looks amazingly beautiful...feel like grabbing that slice from the screen and indulge myself..mmm...thanks you for sharing this recipe...

dawn said...

love kuchen! i normally make it with blueberries, but raspberry sounds delightful!
dawn

pigpigscorner said...

Wow, this looks so good! and sounds relatively healthy with the yogurt =) Bookmarked!

Anusce@Ciao-Chow said...

I need SMELL VISION SCREENS!
It looks amazing, as always!

Annie said...

Lovely kuchen easy to make, and so delicious!!

Sage said...

This looksa like the perfect dessert! Love that nam and quite healthy; thank you Mary.
Rita

Katherine Aucoin said...

Mary, this looks delicious and I do like the part about the stray egg pieces being used.

Except for the yogurt, i have everything and I am definitely giving this a try.

Cristie said...

I have a peach kuchen that is one of my favorites that I haven't even thought of making for the longest time. Thanks for jogging my memory. I love the use of raspberries in this dessert, I'll be making kuchen before the month is out.

MaryMoh said...

This looks really beautiful and delicious. Looks creamy...mmmm. Love the colour of raspberries there.

Kat said...

This looks wonderful Mary. Thanks so much for posting.

Lucie said...

Mary, somehow this reminds me a little of clafoutis--although your kuchen has a nice cake base and seems to be nice and creamy. I like how much of an "everyday" cake this is--the kind that makes lasting memories :)

Ana Powell said...

I feel like crying because I can not reach out for that slice.
Awesome, delicate and so beautiful ♥

The Blonde Duck said...

I love kuchens. Yum!

mr. pineapple man said...

MMMM~~ love it!!

Jess--Sugar High said...

That looks wonderful!

The Words Crafter said...

I can do this! It does sound simple and looks very tasty, thanks. And also thanks for your kind words and encouragement on my blog post, I really appreciate them.

Julie said...

Beautiful dessert!! I've never heard the term cane berries before. Thanks for teaching me something new today!

Indie.Tea said...

O yum! It looks lovely...

JG said...

Oh it looks so good! I've never tasted a Kuchen, but will be soon. :) I always have yogurt in the fridge, too. Such a pretty dessert!

Lori said...

This is a perfect recipe... I think your blog should be renamed, 'Many Perfect Bites."

Pacheco Patty said...

I like the yogurt in the recipe and the raspberries look stunning in the cake!

DailyChef said...

Thanks for the great recipe! This dessert looks simply delicious.

nancy at good food matters said...

I think it's an excellent recipe---lower fat and less heavy than cheesecake, and, like you, I never liked recipes that left an imbalance of egg whites or yolks.

We are teaching a teen's cooking camp this summer and this looks like a great one for them to learn.
Thanks, Mary!

Lana said...

Mary, summer fruits beg to be used in a pastry like this. I am so longing for raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries I could pick in the wild - they were always smaller, but packed so much more taste.
I made something similar with my kids a couple of days ago, using peaches. And now I have some wonderful Italian plums eagerly awaiting their turn!
Greetings from California!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I have never herd of a kuchen--sounds great though. I love the fact that you use yogurt in it.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Mary, I nvr heard kuchen b4, thanks for sharing and the storythe cake looks so pretty and yummy.

bellini valli said...

A Poor Man's Cheesecake has been elevated into the realm of special desserts.

Andreas said...

Nothing beats a home-made Kuchen. :)

Karen said...

It looks very creamy and such a beautiful color! I've never had kuchen.

Susi said...

Mary, I just wanted to let you know that I baked this Kuchen and served it to my guests yesterday. Needless to say it was a big hit and everyone loved it! I used fat free Greek yogurt (since I had it on hand) and it turned out fantastic. This is going in my permanent recipe files. Thank you so much for this wonderful cake!

Jerri said...

Hi Mary. Thanks for stopping by. You have some great recipes here. This raspberry kuchen looks divine!

Sophie said...

Waw,...Mary!! What a fabulously looking cake!

MMMMMMMMMMMMM,..I love this!

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