Today, I will bake.

I will remember, I will be sad, I will meditate.33116-9-11-We-Will-Never-Forget

I will honor the tragic memory of  September 11, 2001.

But I won’t write about it. Not today.

Instead, I’ll share a memory, and a recipe.

Home Economics.  It was required for all girls, while the boys went to Shop class. That gender bias was to be remedied much later, but it worked for the mid 1960’s.

Kuchen was the first item we mastered, and I proudly shared the recipe with my mother, copied on an index card in my 9th grade handwriting. **

It is the German word for cake, but a much less sweet and lighter version, almost like a cross between cake/bread/pie crust, and great when topped with fresh fruit, or canned fruit filling.kuchen

There are many variations using yeast and custard filling. This one has neither, and only features 2 Tablespoons of sugar in an 8 inch pie.

It was a perfect solution for the basket of peaches that ripened all at once while I was away.

A simple recipe. A heartwarming memory. Always a family favorite.

Peach Kuchen

Sift together 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 Tablespoons sugar. Blend in 1/4 cup shortening until crumbly.  

In a measuring cup, beat one egg, add milk to make 1/2 cup liquid. Add this to flour mixture. Pat dough into an ungreased 8 inch pie plate.

Top with fresh peaches, peeled and sliced. ( I use 3-5 peaches, enough to cover.)  Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees until lightly browned.

**I retrieved that slightly grease-stained recipe card years ago from my mother; it was nice to have something written in my 13 year old hand.

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39 Responses to Kuchen

  1. LaVagabonde says:

    That kuchen looks goooooood. Home Ec was offered at my high school in the mid-1980s. But it wasn’t required. No, I didn’t take it. 😉

  2. I turned 13 that December. ☺

  3. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    What a great way to reflect and remember, thanks for sharing!

  4. I am so hungry but woke prematurely and so long to go back to bed. Your pic looks so good I think I’ll head to the kitchen…

  5. That cake looks good Van. I did Home Economics too Van, but then I went to an all girls’ school ! WE didn’t get to do the good stuff like woodwork or metalwork!

  6. My school also separated us into Home Economics and Shop. We made scrambled eggs. I think our teacher had much lower expectations for our culinary accomplishments, or she was prophetic since I still can’t cook! 🙂

  7. Oh, I wish you had included a photo of the card 😃. The kuchen looks yummy.

  8. lbeth1950 says:

    Thanks. I have some many stained recipes in my cookbook. I love them. This one looks great!

  9. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Sometimes rememberance is recreating something that brings back loving memories of people we have lost. I mad my father’s spaghetti bolognaise for our guests last night.. September 11th was also my parent’s wedding anniversary and my father prepared this meal every Saturday for all of us for as long as I can remember. Love and respect and a great recipe of Peach Kuchen.

  10. This sounds great! We made cookies!

  11. roweeee says:

    September 11th is a hard day to deal with…whether to write about it, ignore it or what??!! Even though I’m Australian, it was a global tragedy where so many innocent lives were taken and our world changed forever. My husband and I were married on Sunday 9th September and we flew to New Zealand for our honeymoon on the morning of September 12 feeling like the world was about to end. WE just didn’t know what was going to happen next.
    Due to the proximity to our wedding anniversary, I try not to dwell on it too much on the day. I wanted to reclaim our day. That said, perhaps we could light a candle or something.
    By the way Mrs Lutz is a very German surname. I am half German and grew up with all that type of food when I visited my grandparents. I also lived in Heidelberg in Germany for 6 months back in 1992. xx Rowena

    • Kudos on recovering your anniversary date, that was special. I often wonder about the perspective from other nations, thanks for your lovely comment, Rowena. ❤️ Candle lighting sounds so appropriate.

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  13. Silver Threading says:

    I love this recipe, Van! My grandmother always made Kuchen in the summer with whatever fruit we had available. This looks spectacular. ❤

  14. nancyruth says:

    I will try this recipe. It looks simple and tasty the way I like to bake. I refused to take Home Ec when in High School in the 70s because they taught baking by cake mix and I was already baking from scratch. I was also sewing my own clothes so that was not something I was willing to be told how to do.

    • Simple always attracts me in the kitchen. I do many recipes with 5 ingredients or less. My mother and grandmother dominated in the kitchen, we were dismissed mostly. So I embraced Home Ec, and worked my way into those skills. You started young..wonderful. ☺

  15. thefeatheredsleep says:


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