Kuchen is the German word for cake. It is a coffee cake, yet it is sliced like a pie. It is usually made in a pie pan. It consists of a sweet yeast dough filled with a rich custard (my mother called it dressing). Fruit is added, sometimes a vegetable and sometimes eaten plain (sugar kuchen).
Newer versions of kuchen consist of nuts and other flavors seldom used in the older version which used the common fruits. Kuchen was served for special occasions and there is a wedding kuchen version also.
You can eat kuchen anytime of the day. The recipe I use is my grandmother’s recipe (over 100 yrs old) and a Germans from Russia recipe (Black Sea Kuchen) not found in any cookbook. There are many versions of kuchen, but I believe this old recipe is the best!
My kuchen has no added preservatives. I use North Dakota products and fresh fruit when available.