Summer Fruit Kuchen

Today is the first day of summer.  I will always remember this, because, along with being the solstice, it is also our wedding anniversary.  Three years ago today, Eric and I got hitched.  If you don’t recall the weather in New England back in June 2009, well, let me paint you a picture:  it was very, very wet.  It rained day after day after day. And to make it even worse, it was cold.  Like, sweatshirt cold.  It wasn’t anything like this sunny, 90 degree weather we’re getting here this week.

New England weather can be a bit fickle though, so I hoped things might change.  We watched the news each night and frequently checked our computers for updates. Eventually, I started to give up on the fact that things would be in our favor for the big event.

But the night before our wedding, just as the guests arrived for the rehearsal dinner, the weather got a little brighter.  The rain went from downpour to drizzle, until, eventually, the skies began to clear.  And, for the next 24 hours, everything was exactly how we wanted it.  Eric and I were able to take photos on the beach and we had our pre-ceremony cocktail hour in the yard behind the venue (yes, that’s right… we had drinks BEFORE we got married.  It helped loosen us up a bit), and we did our clambake outside, just as we had planned.

The night went on and we drank and danced and ate cake.  Really, we couldn’t have asked for a more picture-perfect day.  The next morning, we woke up to find clouds in the sky.  It rained the rest of the day and continued through the following week.

I’ll never forget that day.  It’s hard to believe that three years have gone by.  Eric likes to joke that it feels like an eternity.  But it really does feel like forever.  My memories from before we got together become fainter as time goes on.  He’s with me in every moment, every story.  I’m looking forward to many more years together.  This is just the beginning.

A group of pie-loving food bloggers, Shauna AhernJustin SchwartzGarrett McCord and Ashley Baron Rodriguez, came up with Pie Party 2012, where bloggers could share their pie posts 0n an official Facebook page. I’ve just submitted this Summer Fruit Kuchen, but there are tons of other wonderful recipes you should go check out!

And if this wasn’t enough, I also have a guest post up over at With Style and Grace, a blog that I have been following for quite some time and that I absolutely adore.  I can’t wait to give Lisa a great big hug again when I see her next month!

Summer Fruit Kuchen

serves 8

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
2 1/2 cups fresh peaches, sliced
1/2 cup blueberries, washed and drained
3 stalks of rhubarb, cut into thick chunks
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
In a bowl (or a food process0r), sift together flour and sugar.  Cut in butter and mix until it looks like coarse meal.  Slightly beat  egg and milk; blend into flour mixture. Mix in lemon zest.
Flatten and press with hands to bottom and sides of an 8″ square pan or pie plate.
Toss four cups (or so) of cut fruit and press into dough.  Soak with fresh lemon juice.  Sprinkle on top with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and put some small dabs of butter on top.  Bake for 40-50 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • June 20, 2012 - 1:32 am

    Rosa - A beautiful Kuchen! It looks really divine.



  • June 20, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Jamie - Can I tell you two things, Brian, sweetheart? The summer JP and I got married it rained and rained. We married the 23rd of July and it was rainy, drizzly and cold every single day until the 23rd when the sun broke through the clouds, it dried up and was warm and beautiful. I love thinking that it happened like that for you guys, too. Second – I have always wanted to make a fruit kuchen!! And now seeing yours even more! Happy anniversary to you both and Happy Pie Day!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 8:29 am

    Cara - The pie looks delicious! But more important – congrats on your anniversary! Hope you’re doing something special (like eating pie?).ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 8:59 am

    Meeta - Congrats on your anniversary – hope you will celebrate many more! Love the look and flavors of this pie!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Winnie - This is just gorgeous Brian. Happy HAPPY Anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Sanjeeta KK - Congrats on your anniversary, here is wishing many-many years of togetherness for both! Love the rainy description of your D day..and the pie is just perfect to celebrate the moments.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 9:58 am

    Carolyn - Congrats on three years, Eric and Brian. And although I don’t remember that June specifically, I can believe it. Weird weather we get here in New England!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 10:03 am

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - Happy anniversary to you both! And, what a gorgeous looking pie… I do believe it is the perfect way to celebrate!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 10:10 am

    TidyMom - This is just gorgeous Brian! and Happy 3 years to you and Eric! Here’s to many many more!!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Caryl S - This recipe looks wonderful and I loved the story about your wedding day. I have a question about peaches that I’m hoping you can answer. What is the best way to get peaches away from the pit without smushing the fruit? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 10:22 am

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  • June 20, 2012 - 10:27 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - oh this looks heavenly! Bookmarked!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - Happy anniversary Brian!! What a wonderful story. And really… what’s a little rain? I say that from experiencing downpours on my own wedding day 😉 It’s suppose to be good luck anyway, right?ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Georgie - It was meant to be… the skys parted and you two were blessed with sunshine, happiness and love. Happy Anniversary… happy pie party… & happy first day of summer.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    Michelle - Congrats on your anniversary! Thanks for sharing such a cute story. Too sweet that the sun shined down just for your special day that week :)
    Here’s to another great year with your hubby!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    abby dodge - Happy Anniversary Brian!
    ps.. I just love kutchen and yours looks fab.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Laura@MotherWouldKnow - Can’t decide what is more beautiful – your description of the wedding or the pics you linked. Love the kuchen too, but really when it comes to love, even a gorgeous pie has to take a backseat. Wish you guys many more years of happiness and clouds parting in your path.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 1:58 pm

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  • June 20, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some Kuchen, especially when it ain’t got no ümlaut.

    Cuando llega el verano y el clima es cálido, entonces es el momento de cosechar el flaumen y hornear flaumen kuchen.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Eileen - What a beautiful pie! Pie pie pie pie pie. Have a great anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    Jen @ Savory Simple - I’ll never forget my special day either. Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    Chef Dennis - Happy Anniversary to you and Eric my friend, I wish you many more years of happiness together! And when Eric says it seems like an eternity, and if he’s like me, he means it seems like forever because he can’t imagine one minute without you….I know that’s how I feel about Lisa..and an eternity just doesn’t seem long enough…..sigh

    Thanks for taking the time out of your special day to post that delicious Kuchen, and what a perfect entry for the pie celebration!

  • June 20, 2012 - 4:58 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Congrats on three years and here’s to many more blissful years! I love your wedding photos, looks like it was an incredible day!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Helene - Congrats for three years! It’s a special day for me also, it’s my birthday. Love the new banner.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 7:19 pm

    Jeanette - Happy Anniversary! Funny, I remember our wedding day having similar weather. Rainy, and then amazingly, the sun came out. How glorious!ReplyCancel

  • June 21, 2012 - 2:33 am

    Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand - Happy Anniversary – long may your happy life continue. I firmly believe your wedding day is the best day of your life.
    I’ve never heard of a kuchen before – I wonder where it’s origins lie…. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • June 21, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - A perfect pie for a perfect day! Happy Anniversary!!ReplyCancel

  • June 21, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Monet - Smile. Smile. Smile. Love to read these memories Brian. Isn’t it funny that you and I got married a little over a month apart? Three years later and we’re both still in love. And this is such a delicious pie. One of my favorites. Hugs and love.ReplyCancel

  • June 21, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    Leanne - Happy anniversary! What a wonderful time of year for a wedding– and what a delicious looking treat.ReplyCancel

  • June 21, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    Riley - I’ll be so as when good rhubar is gone. I should make this while it is still available at the market!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2012 - 8:07 am

    Kate @ Kate from Scratch - Happy Anniversary! This pie looks delightful. I’ll be sure to check out that fb page too, sounds like a great idea. Congrats on the Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2012 - 8:15 am

    Joanne - Happy anniversary, my dear! I’d say it was pretty much fate and a truly good omen that the skies cleared for your big day. A sign of such beautiful things to come.

    This kuchen sounds absolutely glorious. A combination of summer’s best fruit. So delicious.ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2012 - 10:43 am

    Adrienne : Boysenberries - WOW – this looks amazing! Love peaches. I will make this when they are in season here in Ontario (last August)ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    CJ at Food Stories - Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    Janice - I loved your story. It was our wedding anniversary on 19th June, it was a bit drizzly on our wedding day, but that is only to be expected in Scotland! We got some photos outside but then had to retreat indoors. That was 31 years ago in 1981, it was dry on the 19th this year, but has been raining ever since. I may be making your kuchen this weekend, it’s just the thing.ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    Christina @ The Hungry Australian - A lovely post. I enjoyed hearing aout your wedding and this tasty pie. May I wish you all the best for many more years.ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - What a sentimental post, Brian. I love getting a glimpse into your world, and I just adore those wedding photos. Happy Anniversary! And, I should also mention how delightful your summer fruit kuchen looks! xoReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    jnaet - Sweet & Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen - Happy anniversary! This kuchen looks like a wonderful way to celebrate! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2012 - 6:54 pm

    Liren - Happy Anniversary, you guys! Brian, I hope you and Eric had a wonderful celebration last week :) May each year grow sweeter and sweeter.

    This kuchen is just perfect for all the goodies I hauled from the market yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2012 - 2:19 am

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  • June 29, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    amelia from z tasty life - your memories of you special day sound so romantic. And this pie looks perfect and so laden with ripe summer fruit.ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    Restaurant supply gal - There is no better fruit for summertime than peaches. Thanks for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2012 - 3:14 am

    MikeVFMK - First off, happy belated anniversary. I think that’s amazing. Also that kuchen looks briliant! Mouth watering here.ReplyCancel

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