I can never decide whether to enjoy this cake for breakfast or dessert, so I usually end up having it twice in one day. It’s a nice fruity wake-up for your taste buds in the morning; add a scoop of ice cream on top and your last course is served. Either way, it tastes like Christmas to me. No doubt it’s the cranberries punctuated by a hit of orange zest in the nut filling. Well, that, and we also try to make it on every Christmas Eve for Santa’s arrival. Santa likes Cran-Apple Kuchen–who knew!
If you’re not familiar, Kuchen is a German coffee cake. It has a dense crust topped with nut filling and it’s usually loaded with fruit. It’s a hearty confection that improves on standing. I think it’s best the day after it’s made, but sometimes it’s rare thing to have leftover Kuchen. There are several steps to this scratch-made recipe, but it’s not much trouble to put together.