I’m from Southern Brazil and many parts of this region were settled by German immigrants. Of course cooking was very much influenced by them, and one of the most famous treats made by them is a cake called Cuca.
Cuca is very similar to a crumb cake and you can make it in different flavors. But the Concord Grape Cuca has always been my favorite and this is the recipe I would like to share with you today!
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups concord grapes, cut in half and seeded
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line a 20cmX30cm baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a second bowl, whisk together egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Fold dry ingredients into egg mixture. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
- Spread grapes on top of dough.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and butter. Toss with a rubber spatula until large crumbs form. Sprinkle crumbs over grapes.
- Transfer pan to oven, and bake for around 30 minutes.
You can make it with different fruits like blueberries, apples, peaches, bananas…