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Kuchen is the German word for cake and depending on where you're from and what recipe your grandma handed down, kuchen can take the form of a crumb-topped coffee cake or a custard-filled, pie-like cake with a yeast raised crust. It can be round. It can be square. It can even be rectangular. Whatever form takes, it's darn delicious and as the official state dessert of South Dakota it deserves mention among the American Classics.
Alas, I don't have a German grandmother to share her recipe, but in some sense that offered me the freedom to come up with a recipe that embodied my own ideal kuchen. I'm a crumb-topped coffee cake addict from childhood, so this kuchen combines a rich yeast cake with a spring-inspired fresh strawberry rhubarb puree and yes, plenty of spiced crumbs on top. Pair that with a frosty glass of milk and you have the makings for an ideal breakfast (or midnight snack!).