Foodie Vocab #17: Kuchen

Every Friday at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: kuchen (noun).

Please choose the most appropriate definition for kuchen:

a.) An Italian dessert made with ladyfingers, mascarpone, and espresso.
b.) A rich, moist, sweet cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown color which is most common in the Southern United States.
c.) A dessert consisting of a layer of fruit (as cherries) topped with batter and baked.
d.) A coffee cake often made from sweet yeast dough often filled and topped with fruit and named for the German word for cake.

alpineberry

The correct answer is: d.) A coffee cake often made from sweet yeast dough often filled and topped with fruit and named for the German word for cake.

Kuchens are often considered German but they are actually very popular in America as well (mostly in areas of German settlement). The cake seems to be a means of highlighting a specific seasonal fruit with a basic cake recipe to balance. The above cake is alpineberry‘s rendition of Plum, Fig and Walnut Kuchen.

culinaryinthedesert

Though generally topped with fruits like apples or plums, kuchens can also be savory like the above Broccoli and Cornmeal Kuchen from Culinary in the Desert.

sundaynitedinner

Pictured above is a beautiful blueberry kuchen from Sunday Nite Dinner.

Here are some more great kuchen recipes:
Apple Kuchen
Easiest German Apple Kuchen
Peach Kuchen
Blackberry Kuchen
Canadian Mennonite Plum Custard Kuchen

Previous Foodie Vocab Lessons:
Souvlaki
Bergamot
Gnocchi
Bosc
Roux
Ratatouille
Chiffonade

Pappardelle
Ceviche

Clafoutis

Raita

Panna Cotta
Granita
Remoulade
Panzanella
Verrine

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