Blueberry Kuchen

So after the adventures of the lost spring form pan last night, we were finally able to make the blueberry kuchen (Q-ken). The blueberries were a week old but still delicious. We started a little late in the evening, but it was well worth the wait once the kuchen came out of the oven.

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Lizzy and Linda watched and helped me make it 😀

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The ingredients all laid out. This is one of the easiest recipes I’ve made recently. Just seven ingredients (the butter was already in the dough).

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After putting the flour/sugar/cinnamon mixture on top, the kuchen was ready to go in the oven.

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The sugar/flour/cinnamon mixture sinks down and mixes with the blueberry juices. After it comes out of the oven, the remaining 2 cups of blueberries are spread on the top, producing a very nice fresh looking finished top. YUM!

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We put it in the freezer to make it cool down faster so we could eat it, and as soon as the crust was cool we ate small slices! So worth the wait.

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Lizzy and Linda enjoyed trying it and I bet that they make it again soon since Linda has a spring form pan now 🙂

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Here is the recipe, and for those who can’t read it, I will write it out below. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons flour, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons plus 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, slightly softened
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 5 cups blueberries, divided (3 cups for the inside, 2 cups for the top)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (a little extra is good too!)

Directions:

  1. Mix the 1 cup flour, the salt, and 2 Tbs sugar. Cut in butter until the particles resemble coarse crumbs. (At this point I refrigerated the dough for two hours while I went to the movies and it actually helped me press it into the pan when I got back.)
  2. Sprinkle with vinegar and shape into dough with fingers. Press into loose bottom (spring form pan) 9-inch layer cake pan (I used an 8-in and it was fine) about 1/4 inch thick on the bottom, less thick and 1 inch high around sides.
  3. Add three cups blueberries (These can be the still good, but not as pretty berries).
  4. Mix remaining 2 Tbs flour with 2/3 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle over blueberries (Make sure this is even. We were left with some white powder on top of ours).
  5. Bake on lowest rack in preheated 400 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until crust is well browned and filling bubbles. 
  6. Remove from oven to rack. Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups blueberries. Cool (We did this in the freezer since we wanted to eat it quickly).
  7. Remove rim of pan before cutting.

Nutrition:

  • 8 servings
  • 354 cal per serving
  • 4g protein
  • 59 g carbohydrates
  • 12 g fat
  • 36mg cholestorol with butter (0mg if margarine used)

Please let me know if this was something fun to read and if I should continue doing the food posts while I am in Turkey.

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24 Days

Only 24 more days until I leave for Turkey. In that time I have to finish my last two weeks of my internship, make several more batches of pesto from my basil plants, pack, shop for a few more things, bake pies for our pie booth at the county fair, have a going away party with my college friends, see my high school friends, unpack and repack, look over the layouts of the airports I’ll be travelling through so I can get around quicker and not miss my flights, and finally go on a short vacation with my family the week that I leave.

WOW, I don’t know how I’m going to squeeze this all in. But, tonight I am making a blueberry kuchen with one of my best friends. This recipe is older than I am and super delicious. My family has been making it for years and I always look forward to it during the summer. I’m hoping to take lots of pictures and make it my first true food post on my blog. Hopefully I will get an idea of whether or not I should continue trying to post about the amazing food that I will soon be eating.

On another note, I posted in the Koc University (from here on out referred to as KU) Exchange Student Facebook page and asked if there were any other engineering majors in the group. I got one response from a guy in Electrical Engr. I am hoping that I have class with at least a couple exchange students so I can get some various views on engineering outside the U.S.

I can’t wait to actually start posting from Turkey!