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That is a dish made in our family as well. Some people here have said they make Koocan or similar in North Dakota. I'm from Saskatchewan (Canadian friends to the North :-)) and we call it Koogah (Kuga) I don't know the spelling. I'll ask around and see if I can get a recpie.
Yep, it's all in the dialect. I think it's Kuchen, too, just pronounced differently. Did the kuchen have fruit on it? Was the dough with yeast or some other leavening? I make one that's with baking soda (natron), and fruit of the season on top.
Pioneer is a brand of sugar, just like you guessed.
My mother in law makes kuga, it is a round flat bread sort of thing with a custardy stuff in the middle. She is from North Dakota for what it is worth. :)
Pastry:6 Cups flour3 Teaspoons baking powder1 Tablespoon salt 6
Tablespoons sugar1 Cup shorteningMix above ingredients like a pie
dough. Add enough water to make a soft dough (about 1 3/4 cups). Divide into 8
pieces. Roll very thin. Do not grease pans. Put rolled dough in pie pans. Fold
down edges so it looks like edge of pizza. *** the dough with a
fork.Filling:4 Cups whipping cream5 Eggs, beaten3 Cups
sugar3 Tablespoons flour2 Teaspoons vanillaPour filling (about 6
oz.) over the top, making sure it doesn't run over edges. Sprinkle evenly with
cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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