Kuchen may be simply "cake" in German, but what it means in America, taken there by German refugees, is a sweet, but not too sweet, yeasted dough, baked in a slab and topped as desired with fruit, nuts, or both or neither - to be eaten at breakfast or any time with a cup of coffee.
If making yeast dough at breakfast time seems unfathomably demanding, relax in the knowledge that you can make this before you go to bed in the evening, leaving it to rise slowly in the fridge overnight. That way, all you need to do in the morning is preheat the oven, take the dough out of the fridge, let it get to room temperature, then knock it back and press it out over the tin, following on from there.
Photo by Francesca Yorke.
Recipe posted by Nigella