Monday, September 29, 2008

The Magnificent Cook

Here is a video of my grandmother baking one of her favorite desserts: Kuchen. It was filmed on a 8 millimeter camera and has all the quirks that come with that. This video is fun and even involves a bit of magic. A big thank you to my Aunt Kathleen and my Uncle Tom for sending these along.

Below, I have the recipe for Kuchen. The video really does help when trying to figure out the construction of the master piece. I will try to explain to the best of my ability as well.

Kuchen (Swedish Tea Ring)

Mix together:

1 1/2 cups warm water and 2 packages of yeast

Mix together:

1 1/2 cups of lukewarm milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 tsp of salt, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 of 7 1/2 cups of sifted flour.


Mix both mixtures together until smooth. Add flour to handle easily, mix by hand. On a lightly floured board, knead until smooth (5 minutes). Round up in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place (85 degrees) till double in size (1 1/2 hours). Punch down and rise again (30 minutes).


Roll out dough on floured surface. Brush with butter, sprinkle with brown sugar, raisins, walnuts, apples and cinnamon. Roll up into a log roll. Pinch ends together to form a ring. Using kitchen shears, cut at 1 inch intervals toward the center of the ring, twisting sections as you go --forming a daisy like pastry. Video demonstration helpful here.

Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes- until golden brown. Enjoy!


Ky said...

Thank you for sharing that video clip. I adore it! I love vintage things (although I own very little), I love the simplicity of early Americana (but I wouldn't wear pearls when I was vacuuming *lol*) and I love to cook and bake :-)


Anonymous said...

Erin's grandmother would explain/teach as she cooked. If you could fit in her kitchen, you were welcome there. "The eyes of a potato are poisonous, you know. IF the dough rises....."

Anonymous said...

Comment above was from Papa

Erin said...

She seemed like a natural- smiling for the camera and such.

Ky, welcome to my blog. I look forward to reading more posts from you :-)

By the way, pearls are supposed to be in style no matter what- so why not go for it?