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Feb 12, 2012 01:52 PM

Germans from Russia [Koogla recipe]

Are there any out there from this heritage? Our family always made Koogla with a sweet roll crust filled with either fruit with a custard like topping or a cottage cheese custard. I used to make it, now everytime I try it is a failure. Anyone help?

Here is a recipe from there I do make well. It takes a heavy dutch oven, I use cast iron. Layer in lightly browned pork chops, then some sliced onions to flavor dish, then potatoes that are quartered. Add enough water to come almost to the top of the potatoes. Bring to a simmer.

Have ready yeast rolls ready that are ready to bake. I let them raise on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Carefully slide them onto the potatoes that you have simmering. Top the rolls with slices of ham.

Now the fun of cooking begins. The lid must stay on, it must simmer but not boil, everything must be cut correctly so it cooks in 20 minutes. I put my ear to the pan to listen for a simmer noise.

The flavors all blend in the yeasty gravy, the dish says "I love you", and it is oh so good.

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  1. I don't know if you knew it or not, but North Dakota State University has a extensive online section about Germans from Russia at their website. The address is:
    They also have included many recipes. I think at one time they may have had more recipes at the site that are no longer listed. They may have compiled a book of them and as a result took some of them off line. I'm not sure.

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    1. re: Lilbug

      Large part of my ancestry is Bessarabian German, once part of the Russian empire. I'll look around here and see what I can find in old family recipes.
      I found what I believe is a Jewish custard which sounds like "koogle" but is spelled "Kugel".
      It's a custard made with noodles, fruits and sometimes (but not traditionally) served for dessert.
      Yes, Bessarabia included a lot of German Jewish people in its culture.
      Your pork and potatoes with ham and yeast dumplings sounds really good.

    2. My grandmothers version of Koogla was Kuchen a sweet yeasty bread with egg custard and or fruit. she also did a version with cinnamon and sugar. . why is it a failure? I am just trying to figure out what might be going wrong for you.

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      1. re: Weemah

        "Kuchen" translates (German) simply to "cake" and needs a broader description to connect it with a specific form. But the term is not exclusive to German cultures and, if memory of what I've read serves me correctly, the Belarusian "kuchen" is a soft bread roll.

      2. Found another recipe; VanillesoBe Kuchen (Custard Cake) that mixes butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and eggs with flour and baking powder. Half the dough is layered with with a mixture of cottage cheese, vanilla, eggs, sugar and lemon juice before the other half of the dough covers it all and it's sealed, then fruit is spread over the finished package. Baked
        Sound anything like what you're looking for?