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August FLAVORS – Fruit Kuchen
For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration.
This month I’m featuring the story and recipe of artist Sarah Peroutka.
Here is the still life I painted from. I had to paint quickly to capture the nectarines before they turned brown!
This is my finished painting.
This is the story and recipe from Sarah:
My mother and grandmother made this summer dessert, popular in their small town of Mayville, Wisconsin.”Kuchen” means “cake,” but this is more of a coffee cake. With flavors of fruit, cinnamon, and butter, it’s simple, classic, and irresistible.
1 c. softened butter
3/4 c. sugar
2 egg yolks (reserve the whites)
2-1/2 c. flour
1 teaspoon salt
Place ingredients in a bowl and use a pastry cutter to mix. Press crumbly dough into the bottom and sides of a 12×17 jelly roll pan.
Arrange 5-6 cups fruit onto the top of the crust in rows or patterns: raspberries, peaches, plums, apricots, blueberries, or blackberries. Cover entire crust with fruit.
4 eggs plus the two whites
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. heavy milk or cream
Couple dashes of salt
Whisk together and pour over fruit. Sprinkle plain cinnamon over fruit and bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 mins. until edges are brown and custard is set. Cool, then run a knife around the edge and cut into squares.
Calendar Contributor Spotlight
I met Sarah a few years ago at one of our artists’ luncheons. She proved herself invaluable as she took copious notes at our discussions and then emailed us with the results!
Here’s Sarah with her beautiful smile!