Sunday, July 27, 2008

blueberry kuchen

Blueberry Kuchen (or for peach kuchen use 8-10 peach halves)

Serves 6 (or two piggy types for a couple of sittings)

Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine in bowl:
1 1/3 c. sifted flour
1/4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 T. sugar

Cut in:

1/3 c. butter

Pat mixture over bottom and sides of a 9" pie pan or skillet.

Arrange in pastry:
3 c. blueberries (? I'm guessing)

Sprinkle over:
1/4 c. sugar

Bake 15 minutes.


1 egg, beaten (or 4 quail eggs)
1 c. sour cream, sour milk, plain yogurt, or combination (I used yogurt)

Pour over blueberries (or peaches) and bake 30 minutes longer.

I'm off work for two weeks!

(Recipe from the Mennonite More with Less cookbook; don't know what year, the book is so old and worn I don't have the copyright page.)


Drowsey Monkey said...


That's really all I gotta say.


Heather said...

Oy! Thanks for the recipe. I plan on making this! Yum.

Ruth said...

Drowsey & Heather, it is SO good. One reason I like it so much is that it isn't overly sweet, so it works for a Sunday morning breakfast. And it's also SO easy to make. I'll bet you could try other fruits too.

Loring Wirbel said...

What's the difference between cobbler, kuchen, and buckle? They seem very similar. I like anything cobbler.

Ruth said...

Loring, kuchen (German for 'cake' I think) sometimes has a custard filling - this one yogurt instead. Cobbler has a similar fruit (or meat in UK) filling, with a batter poured over that bakes up and through the filling. Buckle, I think, has the batter on top, and it stays on top of the filling.

Those are general guesses, based on my recipe experience.

Don said...

After eating it warm, with coffee, I agreed with Drowsey's first Oooohhhhhhhhh. Later in the day, I sneaked a smidgeon and that evoked Drowsey"s second Oooooohhhhhhhhhhhh.

Please notice that there are more o's and h's in the second one, just like D.M.

The buttery crust makes it too...

I've got to get this girl more vacation time.

Anet said...

Betty Crocker look out!!! It's looks delish! Two weeks off to relax and create, good for you Ruth!

André Lemay said...

Can't wait to go pick up blueberries, which will be in the next week or so.

Sharon said...

Have a GREAT 2 weeks Ruth!!!

Loring Wirbel said...

We have a HUGE 5-lb basket of blueberries in the refrigerator - the volumes coming into the farmers market the last couple weeks have been staggering.

ME: I'm going to try baking kuchen!

CAROL & ABBY (In unison): But we like them plain!

ME: But look at this picture, scrumptious, huh?

CAROL & ABBY: But we like them plain!

To heck with that. I'm gonna go back to the farm market and get my own private stash tomorrow. "And then who will help me eat the kuchen?" said the little red hen. Fat chance.

Ruth said...

Don, get me more vacation time? Ok.

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Anet, it's easy, please try it, feed it to Noah and Caleb. And yeah, some creating and relaxing, and some pre-Farm Day work. I have 30-40 people coming August 9!

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André, such a treat, good thing they're good for us too.

Ruth said...

Thanks, Sharon!

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Loring, hahahaha. But while you're teaching Carol and Abby a lesson, don't make yourself sick.

BouBou's said...

Mmmm... Thanks for sharing! Looks delicious. :-D

Enjoy your two weeks off work. :-D


VioletSky said...

mmmmm, that looks so good.
Dug out my copy of More-With-Less (dated 1976). Haven't used it in a long while. I like pictures with my cookbooks, so glad to have yours.

Enjoy your 2 weeks!

Rauf said...

i am looking for the kitchen, where is the kitchen ?
yes there is a recipe here and all recipes have to go to kitchens, they can't lie on the living room table, first i had to look for the spelling of recipe, copied Heather's then i had a doubt, i got lost in the spelling of recepie
and i forgot about the kitchen.
then again started searching for the kitchen in your post, only 2 pictures, i was about to click 'publish your comment, i thoughtlet me check again
and LO ! it was not Kitchen it is KUCHEN. This phenomenon is called something, Loring can help me here, you read the first and the last letter and the word is formed in your head,
Hi Loring
i met a lady at a herbal medicine practitioner near Silent valley here, she had come from england for some treatment, This herbal doctor is a friend of mine and i am very determined not to follow his advise on my health. i asked the lady what she does in England.
that was a mistake, she drowned me in her health recipies and masalas.
She edits or heads a health food magazine.
why is she sick then ? came all the way to india for herbal treatment. i wondered. She pointed her finger to me and said you are eating wrong and unhealthy food, i said thank you madam

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

Oh it looks so wonderful! I can't almost smell it! And look, there comes Ron to help you enjoy it. Your sense of timing is impeccable.

freefalling said...

I wish I wasn't so lazy.
I'd really like to make that - but it's not gunna happen.

Loring Wirbel said...

You're right, Rauf, there's a name for this, it's a predictive pattern mistake your brain makes, and I can't think of the name for it. I will try to find out.

Sandy said...

You had to go and do that didn't ya!!?!! That was not nice posting it just within arm's reach but out of this world!!!!

beautiful photos of it and thanks for the recipe. Have fun while you're off.

Ruth said...

Thanks, BouBou, I plan to!

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Sanna, haha, yes I like pictures too. Hey, we could make all our favorite recipes in More with Less and make our own with pics! I like "Kay's Japanese Rice" a whole lot too.

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rauf, yes, have you seen those little stories that get sent out occasionally, all the words are misspelled, but with some certain letters in place. When we read it, our brains recognize the words as such. Well, if I run across what it's called, I'll be sure to tell you and Loring.

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Yes, Don was walking up, but he had to wait for the kuchen to cool a bit. We made coffee, then we enjoyed the first round after about half an hour.

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Letty, this is just the thing for lazy people. Just throw it together. Maybe Vince likes to bake?

Sandy said...

by the way, I think I'm in a different timeline than you all.

I know I checked here yesterday and nothing new was posted. This happened to me at another blog this morning. It was a new post but I had seen that post several weeks ago.

Sure hope you're all enjoying the timeline I use to live on. I think we have shifting realities going on or sumpin....ha!

Can you put this pie in the time machine and send it to where I'm at. It will be fresher than it is now by the time it arrives.

Sandy said...

okay, just checked the date and here I thought I was on the 29th...

Well I know I am, but the calendar says the 28th.

I'm getting scared....eeooowww.

Ruth said...

Hey, Sandy, and that's not all that's weird. I saw in my email box that you posted another comment, but it's not showing up here. If the world is morphing, maybe I CAN send you the kuchen.

Maybe your other comment will turn up eventually, I hope so.

laura said...

Is there any image more homey or appealing than baked goods cooling on a windowsill?! Looks and sounds delish!

VioletSky said...

I have an old spiral bound cookbook yet it seems to want to fall open at Cottage Cheese Pie.

I think it is just called scrambled text or jumbled text.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Is that Don I see coming in from a hard day of doing barn work, ready to sit down to some scrumptious dessert.. It's too late Ruth, I think he smelled it through the open window... Looks so good...

we were just talking about blueberries a couple days ago and how the fellow up the road probably has some for sale now.. thanks for reminding me..

Oh your baking dish is beautiful too.. looks old!

Rauf's comments were funny!!!

Ruth said...

Laura, I know! I love having one that sits by the porch, for cooling.

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Sanna, yeah mine is spiral too, and now I'm going to have to try cottage cheese pie - sort of like cheesecake?

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Gwen, yep, Don must have smelled the kuchen and remembered he had to get something from the house.

The baking dish is a vintage remake that Lesley gave me. I love it too.

Yep, rauf is a funny guy.

VioletSky said...

I have a note in my recipe about using ricotta for a sweeter pie. Just don't use low fat cottage cheese. (Your bees' honey will come in useful!)

Ruth said...

Ok, Sanna, thanks for the tips. But no more bees, they left after the tree fell. I hope their queen took them somewhere nice.

Bob Johnson said...

Looks sooo good, hey I've said this before, you take excellent food pics, mind you I love food,lol. Have a great 2 weeks off.

Ruth said...

So Bob, maybe any food pics are good pics? Hehe, just kidding, thank you. And thanks for the vacation wishes, it's only Tuesday and I already feel rested!

Astrid said...

Ruth, you would not believe it, the other day when Ginnie had supper at my place, we were talking about this book, I showed her my Mennonite Community Cookbook by Mary Emma Showalter 1974, I bought it in 1975 when I lived in Hatfield Pa. for one year and I showed her my cups and spoons, for otherwise I would never would be able to measure 1 1/3 c flower...we do in grams.
I have learned to bake cakes and pastry in the USA, in one year I gained about 18 pounds....grin...lost them all again though.....big smile here...
How high is the temperature for the oven??
I might just try this one, I have many blackberries soon, I might think I can use these too??

Ruth said...

Astrid, that's crazy! Yes I think Ginnie and I both had the cookbook when we lived in Pasadena at the same time. So you learned to bake here, eh? I think you will like this one. It bakes at 400 degrees F. I think blackberries would be fine, any berries. I've only tried peaches and blueberries. Tell me how it turns out if you make it!

Cloudscome said...

This sounds so yummy I am going to make it today with GF flour. I have that cookbook too and it is so old it is falling apart. I love it. The only problem I have is that now I know I am Celiac I can't tolerate wheat, rye and barley and that cookbook relies on them a lot. I have to substitute gluten free flours but the more I learn and practice the better I get at it.
For this recipe I am going to try using Pamela's GF baking mix, which is rice, tapioca and almond flours.

Ginnie said...

I had to smile big time when I saw Astrid's comment because we did indeed talk about that More With Less cookbook! It's the best one ever...and I just realized that I lost mine in the 1994 condo fire. I could find it again, I'm sure, somewhere. I loved it. That pie would definitely be one reason why! And I love that Don is in the background!! :)

Ruth said...

Cloudscome, oh I feel for you, having to make substitutions all the time. If you come back, let me know how the recipe turns out with that baking mix. I am amazed how many people use this cookbook.

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Boots, yep, I'm sure amazon has it used. Too bad about that fire, I wonder how often you think of something you lost in it.

Cloudscome said...

OK I did it! Posted about it here. I used Pamela's, Butter-flavored Crisco, and non-fat yogurt. It tastes fantastic! The crust is almost like a graham-cracker crust, which is nice because I can't eat real graham crackers and I really miss them. Thank you so much for posting this and inspiring me!

I am going to make another one this weekend when my sister is in town. She has a coffee shop where she makes all her own baked goods and is always looking for new recipes.

Ruth said...

Cloudscome, that looks fantastic over at your place! Cool if your sister makes it for her shop!

mystic rose said...

I AM going to make this, it looks utterly yummy, butterly delicious, and just as indulgent of the senses as can be.


Ruth said...

Goodie. It's very easy. That crust couldn't be easier.