Indulge in the essence of summer with our mouthwatering Fresh Peach Kuchen recipe. Dive into layers of velvety peaches nestled in a tender, sweet buttery crust and topped with creamy custard. You’ll love this easy fruit dessert.
Using those fresh summer peaches right off the tree when they are ripe and full of flavor makes this particular kuchen hard to beat. With a delicious smooth custard on top, you won’t even need ice cream!
I mean, not that you aren’t allowed to have ice cream with kuchen, but it’s not a requirement. With multiple layers of goodness, this dessert is a treat that is perfect on its own.
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What is Kuchen?
When you say, “Oh, I just put a kuchen in the oven for dessert.” Your kids and friends are all going to say “What in the world is that?” Hardly anyone makes kuchen anymore, which is what makes it incredibly special.
Kuchen is the German word for a cake topped with a cream or custard filling. According to Wikipedia, Kuchen is often served to friends with coffee.
Kuchen (pronounced “koo-ken”) is the German word for “cake,” (because the recipe came from Germany) but a real kuchen is so much more than that!
Traditional kuchen is like a delicious mash-up of cake and pie, topped with creamy custard. The word may be pronounced kugan or koo-ken or ku-gen depending on heritage.
To make our kuchen recipe, you will need a pan with a rim. Roll the dough very thinly for the pan.
The crust for kuchen is non-fussy, sweetened dough. It’s easier than pie crust and creates a unique and delicious dessert.
Why Make Peach Kuchen
Whether you are baking for family or baking for company, our peach kuchen recipe is a winner. We love the play on cake versus pie, and the custard honestly just takes it over the top.
One thing we love about kuchen is that you just don’t see them very often. Which is a shame, because they are so delightful to eat!
This recipe makes 4 9-inch pie plate kuchen. We love making them and putting them in the freezer for an easy fresh peach dessert. You can use any container with a rim or even a 9×13 cake pan for a larger crowd.
Another great reason to make any kuchen recipe is simplicity. You don’t have to mess with a fussy pie crust, and you don’t have to worry about tidy frosting either.
Once it comes out of the oven, it’s ready to go! Unlike a fruit pie, kuchen is unlikely to be runny or refuse to set.
Ingredients for Peach Kuchen
- Fresh Peaches.
- Eggs. Room Temperature eggs are necessary for this recipe, so set them out a couple of hours before you are ready to bake. If you forget, you can put them in a bowl and cover them with room temperature water for 5 minutes.
- Sugar. Just ordinary granulated white sugar.
- Yeast. Rapid Rise Yeast in the packets.
- Whole Milk. The milk needs to be at room temperature as well so set the measured amount out with your eggs. You can also just warm it up a bit in the microwave.
- Heavy Cream. We used Heavy Whipping Cream. Measure it and let it come to room temperature as you did with the milk and eggs.
- Butter. Softened butter. Place the butter on the counter when you put out your milk, cream, and eggs.
- All-Purpose Flour.
How to Make The Peach Kuchen Dessert Recipe
Make the dough first so that it can rise. Our kuchen dough recipe is simple, sweet, and comes together so easily! That’s one of the beauties of kuchen actually. Just mix a few ingredients and knead it until smooth, and let it rise!
While the dough is rising, you can make the custard.
Cook the ingredients in the kuchen custard recipe over low heat, whisking constantly until the mixture starts to thicken.
Remove the custard from the heat.
When the dough is ready, preheat your oven to 350º.
Roll out the dough large enough to cover the bottom and 1/2 to 3/4 up the sides of your pie plate.
Arrange peaches over the bottom. We recommend laying the sliced peaches on their side so the ends don’t poke through the custard.
Spoon the custard over the fruit and sprinkle the custard with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Bake, cool, and serve! With coffee of course.
More complete instructions for the Peach Kuchen Recipe are included on the printable recipe card!
If baking scares or confuses you, check out or Baking Basics Techniques, Tools, and Ingredients article.
Tips for Making the Kuchen Recipe
- Place your dough in a warmer area covered and without drafts. (This is not a sponsored post but I am a Raisenne Affiliate).
- Don’t forget to gently turn the pan during baking in the oven halfway through to ensure an even bake.
- We use fresh peaches. You can use frozen peaches but thaw them first, remove the ice crystals, and drain off any extra liquid.
- Don’t let the custard boil. Use patience and once the mixture starts to steam, drizzle the egg in slowly, and remove the custard from the heat as soon as it starts to thicken.
Storing the Kuchen Dessert
You can keep leftover kuchen in the refrigerator for up to three days. Use an airtight container.
If you wish, you can freeze individual servings of kuchen in freezer-quality zipper bags for up to three months, and thaw to serve. Do not heat to serve because this will make a mess of the custard.
Baking Tools You May Need
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Beautiful Blue Rimmed Pie Plate. A deep pie plate in a gorgeous color. Remember we made 4 pies with this recipe.
Mixing Bowls – We use this set of bowls for mixing, serving, and storing, and transporting food. The pretty lids guarantee no spilling too!
Rolling Pin – I’m old school what can I say? I have three rolling pins and keep going back to my tried and true classic rolling pin.
Another Kuchen Recipe You Will Love
Strawberry Kuchen. When strawberries are in season, nothing beats this delicious Strawberry Kuchen Dessert for taste and comfort.
Peach Recipes to Try
Yes, our Peach Kuchen is an easy fruit dessert, but we always like to offer plenty of options to tempt your tastebuds. Here are a few other peach desserts to consider.
Peach Crisp Recipe. Another easy but tasty peach dessert.
Upside-down Peach Cake with Hot Rum Sauce. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat this? It’s heavenly.
Quick Streusel Peach Bread. A beautiful and unique quick bread perfect for coffee.
Peach Crumble Dessert. Easy dessert loaded with velvety peaches under a crunchy oat topping.
Peach Cake. A show stopper that’s tender, moist, and absolutely delicious!
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