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Kuchen Bars, prepared and being served off a baking tray

Kuchen Bars

Recipe Type

Kuchen (pronounced “koo-ken” or “koo-gen”) is another term for German cake. Kuchen is a popular dessert with a cookie crust and custard filling, and often is topped with fruit. The Germans from Russia use a variety of fruit in kuchen, including berries, dates, apples, rhubarb or peaches.




  • ⅞ cup canola oil (1 cup – 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 1½ cups half and half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Cinnamon (sprinkle on top after baking, optional)
  • 5 fresh apples, peeled and thinly sliced


Beat crust ingredients well with mixer. Put in greased jelly roll pan. Put a layer of fresh sliced apples on the dough layer and then the filling. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes until custard is set and crust is brown. Allow time to cool before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Source: Adapted from: Schott (Janke), A. (2012). Alma’s Favorite Recipes: Cooking & Memories from a German-Russian Farm Kitchen. Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.

Dietary and Nutrition


Saturated fat is solid, or semisolid, at room temperature. Saturated fat is a type of dietary fat that should be consumed in moderation because it may raise blood cholesterol levels, especially LDL “bad” cholesterol. High levels of LDL in the blood increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. The daily recommended intake of saturated fat is 13 grams per day. Read the Nutrition Facts labels on food products to learn more.

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Exploring North Dakota's Foodways: Germans from Russia (FN1940, Sept. 2019)

These recipes are part of the rich heritage of the Germans from Russia culture. The recipes have been modified to create healthier options for salads, rolls, soups, main dishes and desserts.

Know Your Fats (FN725, Reviewed Dec. 2021)

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This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.