Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cranberry Kuchen

Cranberry KuchenDo you buy those bags of fresh cranberries they have in the produce section? I will usually buy a couple bags each holiday season and use one for cranberry onion sauce which is so much better than the jellied nasty stuff you get from a can that it's not even funny. Then I'll usually use a second bag to make this wonderful breakfast treat.

I think "kuchen" is the German word for cake? Maybe? and with whipped cream on top and a mug of hot chocolate on the side it's one of our favorite holiday treats.

Oh, and those bags of cranberries freeze very well too so you can have this even when the cranberries have left the stores for the season.

For cranberry sauce:
2 ½ cups fresh cranberries
½ cup maple syrup

For cake:
2 ¼ cups flour
½ cup sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 egg
½ cup milk

For topping:
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
½ teaspoon ginger
¼ cup butter
1/3 cup sliced almonds

To make sauce, in a saucepan cook berries in maple syrup over medium heat until berries just beginning to pop.

To make cake, mix all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) then add wet ingredients (butter, egg and milk) and mix until well combined.

Spread half of batter in 9x9 greased pan. Top with berry sauce then drop remaining batter by spoonfuls onto top. Combine the sugar, flour and ginger for the topping then cut in butter and add sliced almonds. Sprinkle on top of cake.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and top is golden.

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Shannon said...

That looks yummy! And you are correct kuchen is the word for cake. I am pretty good at things I can order at the bakerie and absolutely hopeless at actual conversation.

Peruby said...

You can always check on Google translate. Just go to At the top where it shows the menu, web, images, videos, etc... there is an option for more. Choose the more drop down menu, then scroll to the bottom and choose even more. The options are listed alphabetically. Choose Translate.

I think it defaults for Translate from: "Detect language" to English and type in kuchen. Then click Translate. It tells you the language (German) and what it translates to in English. CAKE!

I would have guessed "kitchen."

Okay, my boring, technical rant is over for this morning. Back to your regualar scheduled program.

Michemily said...

Of course I have to comment on any post that says anything about German. Yes, I love kuchen. And cranberries are fabulous.

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Oh my gosh, that looks good! I'll have to try it.

Scribbit said...

Ah! Then if I have a recipe for "zwelbelkuchen" what on earth would that be? Because it's certainly not a cake.

cndymkr / jean said...

Canned cranberry jelly is the best and only type I'll eat. The "real" stuff is gross. Please forgive me.

DQ Mountain Girl said...

yummy!I can't wait to try it. And for the record, my vote is for the real stuff too!

Unplanned Cooking said...

That does look yummy! I love buying cranberries this time of year; I think it's because they're so colorful, just looking at them brightens my day.

Wander said...

STOP IT!!!! I don't have time to cook right now...and I want to make all of this! YUM!

Daisy said...

Mmm...I always buy extra cranberries in autumn. Wisconsin cranberries, of course. :)

Anonymous said...

its seem nice..