Name this pastry!
January 15, 2012 5:11 AM Subscribe
What is the proper name and original recipe for this traditional family pastry?
I want to know the proper name of my family's 'Grandma Cosimano's Breakfast Kuchen', which my family makes every holiday. This is the only name we know it by... And to make it more confusing, we believe that my great-grandmother immigrated from Florence, Italy and not Germany (like the name, Kuchen, would suggest). Also, has it been changed to fit an American family's taste? What is the original recipe for this?
The bottom crust is like a pie crust, the middle has either cinnimon/sugar or almond paste in it, and the top is a pâte á choux dough. The top then has frosting on it, with optional cherries on top. The shape is a baking-sheet long oval that takes up half the width, and pieces are sliced from it. Below is the recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon water
Make into a pastry ball, divide into two parts, and flatten onto a baking sheet. Optional almond paste or cinnamon/sugar on the dough.
Heat 1 cup water with 1/2 cup butter. Take off heat, add 1 cup flour. Mix in 3 eggs, one at a time. Add almond extract and put half of the dough on the base dough. Bake for 1 hour, frost when cool. Add nuts and cherries on top.
Any ideas? This has been bugging me for my entire life.