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A Spoonful of Luxe recipe: Mango Breakfast Kuchen

Posted April 8, 2014

Diana Kostigen, a local food blogger and Smart Shopper reader, brings us a new weekly recipe including ingredients that are on sale that week!  This week she is sharing a wonderful recipe for Mango Breakfast Kuchen!  And I can completely relate to her lovely story about using the good plates more often instead of letting them collect dust year after year.

Diana has been cooking professionally for many years and she has already shared multiple recipes here on the blog in the What's for Dinner posts.  Her website, A Spoonful of Luxe, includes many more recipes.  My thanks to Diana for her willingness to share her gift. My family will most certainly benefit from her creative and fun approach to cooking!

Mango Breakfast Kuchen

If you're like me, you probably have one or two sets of dishes that you got for a wedding present, or picked up along the way for... you know, those special occasions.

But then, when it came around to those special occasions, you were either too worried they'd get chipped, or just too lazy to use them. Opting for your dishwasher-safe dishes over the thought of hand washing a stack of the good china. So, they sat. And got dusty. And sat some more. Until almost fifteen years later, you wondered where the time went... and if those dishes were even your style, anymore.

It's time to dust off your dishes. And not only bring out those special occasion dishes, but also experiment with new and fun dishes, even if it's just dinner plates for two. Stores like World Market, Pier 1, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, often have great quality dishes for less- especially if you check the markdown section. And what better way to show off your culinary works of art then by plating them on… anything but a plain, old, boring white dish.

So, this week, as I looked down the sale list, I knew just the right breakfast treat for just the right dish. A treat that came from my Bed and Breakfast days, using ingredients that are probably already in your pantry and fridge, and named after the German word for cake. And in this case I switched out the traditional peaches for mangoes- since they were on sale.

Simple to make. Beautiful to look at. And at just 33 cents a serving, boy does this kuchen take the cake. Even without a pretty plate.

Mango Breakfast Kuchen

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. + 1-1/2 Tblsp. sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 mango, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a springform pan (you can also use a 9x9 glass baking dish) with non stick spray and set aside. In a bowl, add the butter, 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla, egg, flour, baking powder and salt. Cut together with a pastry cutter or a fork. Then stir gently to combine.

Pour into the greased pan, spreading to the sides with your fingers (I dampen them a bit with cold water to help the batter not to stick). Arrange the sliced mango over the batter. Then mix together the remaining 1-1/2 Tblsp. sugar and ½ tsp. cinnamon. Sprinkle on top of all.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the center is set.

Serves 6
.33 cents per serving
*Note: all costs are approximate due to regional sale prices, amounts needed just for this specific recipe, and ingredients on hand. This recipe was created to utilize sale ingredients listed for the current week in Raleigh, NC stores.





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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 8, 2014

    FYI - Mangoes on sale for $1 at HT startinG Wednesday! :-)

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Apr 8, 2014

    jdouglas- I'll check out your pinterest board!

    Watchhillgirl- Awesome! Hope the mangoes are still on sale! And how fun on your kids over each week... I bet they'll enjoy seeing the good china, and I'm sure they hold lots of beautiful memories :-)

  • watchhillgirl Apr 8, 2014

    OK. I am trying this one too! Mangos were on sale at Aldi's this week. Hopefully they will be on sale next week.
    I agree we need to break out the good china more often than just holidays. I like to have my kids over for dinner at least once a week, so I try and use it then. Just makes dinner a little special...

  • jdouglas13 Apr 8, 2014

    RFB, I have a couple of recipes of my Cake Recipe Board on Pinterest. It is AKA German Sugar Cake and zuckerkuchen.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Apr 8, 2014

    jdouglas- I agree! I especially love those extra-large bowls for soup or salad nights (I hesitated buying them, but now I wish I had bought more!) And no, I haven't heard of butter kuchen, but just by the name, I'm in love already!!!

  • jdouglas13 Apr 8, 2014

    I should get down the good dishes that we have schlepped all over the country with us every time we move. Even if we do have dinner on TV trays, no reason we can't use the pretty stuff. Thanks for the reminder, RFB!

    Your kuchen sounds lovely. Have you ever had butter kuchen? Be still my heart!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Apr 8, 2014

    Faye- I'm with you... cake is my favorite dessert! :-)

    Carelesswhisper- lol! I hope you give it a try!!!

    Also... I wanted to let everyone know I found some great deals on springform pans at Marshalls, last week. The one I found was kind of big (so the cake is thinner) but wow, when you see the whole thing with the fruit arranged on top (I make a flower petal pattern and overlap the mango in an outer and inner layer)... it's so pretty!

  • carelesswhisper Apr 8, 2014

    RFB, once again my mouth is watering! PLEASE let me know if you need help with any leftovers. LOL!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 8, 2014

    My 14 year old loves mangoes so I am sure she will adore this recipe! The rest of us are pretty happy with anything that has the word "cake" in it so we will definitely be trying this! :-)