Heavenly Plum Kuchen

Heavenly Plum Kuchen recipe from The Old Farmer’s Almanac cookbook Readers’ Best Recipes

This delicious and fruity dessert is sure to be a hit with the whole family. If you’ve never heard of kuchen, it is a German cake (literally, kuchen means cake in German). This version always comes out moist and is bursting with flavor from the fresh plums. This recipe comes courtesy of Linda Ruth of Peterborough, New Hampshire.

“When I was a child, in mid-1960s, our minister’s wife shared this recipe with us. Our whole family loved this creamy, fruity, crunchy dessert. When everyone started getting computers, we transferred the recipe from index card to computer file, and we lost it when our computer crashed. Years later, I did a recipe search for “Heavenly Plum Kuchen” –and lo, I found it online! It just proves that you can find anything on the Internet. Thank you, Marge Kling!”

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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pound fresh plums, halved and pitted
1 egg
1 cup light cream


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, cream together sugar and butter.

In another bowl, sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Combine with butter mixture. Reserve ⅓ cup of mixture.

Press remaining batter evenly into bottom and about 1 inch up the sides of a 10-inch pie plate or 8x8-inch baking pan. Arrange plums, rounded side up, in a single layer on batter. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake for 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs and stir in cream. Pour over plums. Bake for 30 minutes more, or until custard is set. Serve at room temperature.

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Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Plum Kuchen

This cake sounds wonderful, but it is incorrectly stated that "Kuchen" is a type of German cake. The word "Kuchen" means "cake" and whatever you put in front of that word is what type of cake it is. For example, "Pflaumenkuchen" means "plum cake". I am German and wanted to clarify. I will try this recipe soon!