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Blackberry Crumb Kuchen

by Amy D
Blackberry Crumb Kuchen

If anyone ever bakes you anything with wild blackberries, you should know that it was a labor of love! Picking wild blackberries is a sweaty, buggy job and you usually don’t come out unscathed. Most of the time I get several scratches in the process and a bit of a sunburn. My two youngest boys and I picked these berries the other day, luckily none of us ended up with poison ivy like I did last time. Poison ivy is the worst! There were also no sunburns or ticks, just buckets of beautiful berries. Score! Blackberry Crumb Kuchen

Have you ever made a kuchen? I knew as soon as my bucket got full with berries that kuchen was what I was going to make when I got them home. So simple and yet so yummy. Kuchen is simply the German word for cake, but in my mind there are certain criteria that need to be present for a kuchen to be kuchen. My favorite kuchens have a layer of dense vanilla cake topped with a layer of fresh fruit. They can be mixed up by hand and don’t take much special equipment or time. Blackberry Crumb Kuchen

My blackberry crumb kuchen meets this criteria, but has the addition of a crunchy and buttery sweet crumb topping. It is one of those kinds of cakes that can pass as coffee cake, so you can get away with eating it for breakfast. But it also transitions well into a humble after dinner desert, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Blackberry Crumb Kuchen

Blackberry Crumb Kuchen

This kuchen features a moist vanilla cake, topped with fresh blackberries and a crumb topping. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, blackberry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 320 kcal
Author Amy D.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Then add the milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla. Mix well, stirring by hand for around 2 minutes or until everything is well blended.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch springform pan.
  4. Layer the blackberries over the batter evenly.
  5. Combine the remaining flour and sugar, then stir in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  6. Sprinkle over the berries.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until the top is slightly browned.

Blackberry Crumb Kuchen

You might also want to try this peach kuchen! The orchards here are just starting to open for the season. Either way, kuchen is something you definitely want to add to your must make list. It’s just too easy and tasty to pass up.

Fresh Peach Kuchen

 

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Michelle July 14, 2016 - 4:43 pm

This looks so wonderful! I have to try it sometime 🙂

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Amy D July 14, 2016 - 8:46 pm

You’ll love how easily it all comes together!

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Kathie July 13, 2016 - 10:22 am

I love blackberries! This looks so yummy – wish I lived close enough so you could bake for me.

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Amy D July 14, 2016 - 8:02 am

Blackberries are one of my husband’s favorites. I never really ate them much until we met. Can you believe that? Sometime if you’re ever in town maybe I will make you some cookies!

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