Blueberry Kuchen

November 14, 2007
A German treat that features a Canadian favourite: the blueberry.
A German treat that features a Canadian favourite: the blueberry.

Kuchen, which is the German word for cake, was designated the state dessert of South Dakota in 2000. The dessert is also quite popular in Chile, where it was introduced by German immigrants in the late 1800s. Chilean kuchen always features fruit such as apples or strawberries. It is also a popular sweet in parts of Brazil, where it is known as cucha.

Topping:
Ingredients Quantity
Hazelnuts, toasted 425 g
Brown sugar, firmly packed 170 g
All-purpose flour 85 g
Ground cinnamon 7 g
Butter, diced 170 g

Filling:
Ingredients Quantity
Granny Smith apples,
peeled, cored, coarsely
chopped
1.4 Kg
Frozen blueberries 850 g
Granulated sugar 85 g
Lemon juice 30 ml

Cake:
Ingredients Quantity
All-purpose flour 680 Kg
Baking soda 12 g
Baking powder 12 g
Ground cinnamon 6 g
Ground nutmeg 3 g
Salt 9 g
Butter, softened 680 g
Granulated sugar 680 g
Golden sugar 500 g
Whole eggs, large 9
Lemon peel, grated 6 g
Vanilla 15 ml
Lemon juice 15 ml
Buttermilk 680 ml

Method: 1. Finely chop hazelnuts, then blend with brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until clumps form. Mix apples, blueberries, sugar and lemon juice together. Cover and set aside. 2. Preheat oven to 375 F/180 C. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 3. In mixer, beat margarine and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in lemon peel, vanilla and lemon juice. 4. Beat in the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until smooth. 5. Spread half (500 g) the batter in the prepared pan. Spoon filling over the batter. Spread remaining batter over the filling. Sprinkle with the topping. Bake until tester comes out clean (45 to 60 minutes). 6. Cool on rack until completely cool. Cut in squares. Source: BC Blueberry Council, www.bcblueberry.com

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