Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Grebble and Kuchen

In May my sister came for a visit.  When Gladys and I get together, we like to cook German Russian.  One day I invited my neighbor friends over for tea and to meet her.  That morning Gladys and I decided to whip up some grebble.  We lined up the ingredients on the counter: eggs, sugar, sour cream, buttermilk, soda, baking powder, salt, flour, oil for frying, and powder sugar to sprinkle. 

Recipe for Grebble
3 eggs (beaten)
½ cup sugar (beat into eggs)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. soda
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
6 cups flour (makes a soft dough)

Roll out on floured surface.  Cut into rectangles.  Cut two horizontal slits.  Slip one end of grebble through the slit.  Fry in hot oil.  Sprinkle with powder sugar when cool.

We were pleased with ourselves as we gobbled the delicious donuts commenting on how these were sure to be a hit.  But, maybe not!  True Germans Russians, (1) do not disappoint their guests, and (2) they make sure there is more than enough food.  We decided to make kuchen!  We put our aprons back on, added new ingredients to the crowded counter top, and got busy.  Soon we were taking kuchen out of the oven.

Recipe for Kuchen 
Spread bread dough onto 12 x 16 greased pan
Mix: 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup half & half or sour cream, 2/3 cup flour
Spread on dough then top with fruit.  I use cherry or blueberry pie fill or sliced apples
Rivvel topping:
½ cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup flour.  Mix together until crumbly and then sprinkle onto kuchen.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.