Conversation with my 6 year old while taking the following pictures…
6 yr old: Mom, how long is this going to take? How many pictures?
Me: Maybe 5 pictures, maybe 10. Depends on how much you wiggle.
6 yr old: (giggling) So if I do this (insert wiggling) it will take longer?
Me: (also laughing and snapping pictures) Yes, it will.
6 yr old: Okay, I’ll stand like a statue then so it goes fast. Can I eat this cake when we’re done?
6 yr old: Good!
Me: Okay, we’re done.
6 yr old: So I can eat now? (as he digs in with his spoon)
Me: Can I have just a little bite?
6 yr old: (mouth still full) No way, this is really good, Mom. You need to get your own.
A kuchen is a coffee cake that came from German settlers in the plains. The simple ingredients can be changed easily with whatever fruits are in season. It can be served warm for breakfast or top it with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Either way, it’s very good.
adapted from recipe found in Midwest Living magazine
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
1 egg (or Ener-G egg equivalent), lightly beaten
1/2 cup dairy or nondairy milk
2 cups fresh or frozen and thawed peach slices
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Vanilla ice cream, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch springform or 9x9x2 baking dish.
In a bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in 1/4 cup of butter to resemble coarse crumbs; make a well in center.
In a separate bowl, mix egg and milk; add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (it may be lumpy, this is ok)
Spread into prepared pan. Arrange peach slices over batter.
In a small saucepan mix brown sugar, maple syrup, 1 tablespoon butter and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Drizzle over peaches.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Serves 9.