From the memoirs of Ruby (Blohm) Neal: “My mother was an excellent cook and one of the breads that we enjoyed was ‘kuchen.’ It was a German bread and she made it with bread dough, only making it will more sugar and shortening. The loaves were made flat with butter, sugar, and cinnamon on top.
“Mother used to let us break off corners before it cooled. A neighbor boy said he always knew when it was time to come over, as he could smell it.
“I always wondered how to spell it until it was made more common, using an egg. I thought ‘kuchen’ was a broken pronunciation of a German word.”
That’s about a close to the recipe as we’re going to get. Here’s one to try from the internet.
I associate both Grandma’s suet pudding and kuchen bread with Christmastime, although the suet pudding was served after the Christmas feast. Did the kuchen bread arrive before Christmas?
One time when I was in high school, at least 16-years-old and driving, Grandpa delivered loaves to each “Neal family” at choir practice at church. All five families lived in the Dexter area and our Aunt Nadine was the choir director. Grandpa liked to count how many grandchildren were in the choir on Sundays.
We lived four miles south of town and were to take the kuchen bread home. Gloria is two years younger so I drove. The sack of homemade bread smelled so wonderful that Gloria opened it to discover two smallish loaves. They weren’t baked in bread pans, but were shaped on baking sheets.
I wonder who made the decision. Neither of us owns up to it. Gloria tore off a chunk for both of us. We each had another. And another.
Well, by the time we got home, one loaf of kuchen bread was tucked away. In our tummies. At least we saved the other loaf for our folks.
No wonder Grandma’s neighbor boy could smell when it was time to pay her family a visit.
What a wonderful Christmas memory! That bread must have been some good!!!
Yes, and chewy!
I really like what we called coffee kuchen. Not sure if it’s the same thing you’ve described here, but it sure was good!
Some of the recipes I found are more like coffee cake. Grandma’s was kinda heavy and chewy, a yeast bread instead of a coffee cake.
How about passing the recipe on!!
A safe and healthy coming year to you and your family
To you as well, Sharon!
I’m afraid that I would have done the same thing. Warm bread is so glorious.
How are you my dear