Kuchen is a German word for cake. It consists of a sweet yeast dough filled with a custard. Sometimes fruits are added to the dough. It is usually sliced like a pie. Kuchen is generally thought of as a dessert but it may be eaten any time of the day.
Today’s kuchen has a streusel topping instead of a custard filling. This recipe was adapted from The Cooks Encyclopedia of Bread Machine Baking. This being my first attempt, I was a little anxious. I had to use my stand mixer to knead the dough as my bread machine was being used for my weekly Gluten-free Rice Bread. I am glad that it turned out well.
I brought this peach streusel kuchen to a birthday party yesterday evening. The presentation was gorgeous but it would have been better for a brunch thing as it was more bread-like than cake-like. It was mildly sweet with a fine and dense texture. The peaches were not as sweet as I would have liked. Somehow they were sadly lacking in flavor this season. Perhaps apples or blueberries would have worked better. I would recommend that this be served warm with butter. Please note that the recipe below has been adjusted with a little bit more sugar. This is a rarity for me as I usually cut back on the sugar.
First, take a look at these gorgeous peaches. Leave them aside for now. We will come back to them later.
Now, let’s start cooking!
- 2½ cups (375g) unbleached white bread flour
- 1/3 cup (70g) sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1¼ tsp instant yeast
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp (30g) butter, softened
- ¾ cup (180ml) milk
- 4 fresh peaches**
- ½ cup (75g) all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup (40g) almond meal (ground almonds)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp (30g) butter, softened
Combine bread flour, sugar, and salt in the mixing bowl of stand mixer and whisk till combined, about 30 seconds. Add yeast and whisk for another 30 seconds. Change out wire whisk with dough hook.
Add egg, butter, and milk. Turn on mixer on speed 2. Mix for about 5 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl and dough hook. Remove dough hook and cover with a plate for 15 minutes.
Reattach dough hook, and mix for another 10 minutes to form smooth pliable dough. Remove dough and shape into a ball. Lightly oil mixing bowl. Return dough to bowl, cover with plate and allow to rise for about 1½ hours or almost double in size.
Lightly oil a 9-inch spring form cake pan. Peel and slice peaches into ½-inch slices. Mix all topping ingredients in a medium sized bowl until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
When dough is ready, remove from mixing bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Punch it down gently and roll it out to fit the pan. Ease it into position. Arrange peaches on top of dough. Sprinkle topping over peaches. Cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise slightly for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake kuchen for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Serve warm or turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
**Peaches may be substituted with 3 large apples or a pint of blueberries.
A slice of the peach streusel kuchen…
Look at this gorgeous fruit salad at the party. I need to get me a trifle bowl ASAP!
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!