Kuchen, the Most Famous
When during social gatherings, each family prepared their own kuchen (pronounced /kuhen/ in German), the challenge consisted in surprising neighbors and friends with the best qualified one. This happened in Frutillar as well as in any of the villages resting on the shores of Lake Llanquihue.
That pie or cake is topped with fruit sauce, including murta, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, sauco, cherries and plum, and some nuts and hazelnuts. The secret resides in how to combine them in order to manage the perfect flavor.
Having all this information, we had no other choice than touring around the various tea-houses lying on the lanes of Frutillar in order to discover these delicacies. We were stunned by wonderful rooms with splendid tables where impeccably white embroidered table-cloths hosted china sets. We also visited other more informal tea-houses that were as cozy as the classy ones.
We followed the aromas for several afternoons into these tea-rooms full of tradition, kuchen and tasty strudel, chocolate cake and also coffee and hot chocolate.
The German Club Restaurant, Hotel Bauernhaus, Guten Apetit Coffee House, Kuchen Laden Bakery and Trayen Coffee House are the most popular spaces where German pastries are served with a typical accent.
We still had to hear the opinion of famed Alejandra Doepking, an international cuisine teacher and author of the book 150 Years of German Pastries. “Childhood memories that will last forever when my ona (Grandma) waited for us with yeast kuchen. The aroma of just baked cinnamon, vanilla and fruit makes me feel proud of my origin...”
How could we help being tempted by this delicacy that not only awaited our verdict but also let us discover a specialty that has remained through time and the vast sea, here in Frutillar? What is the secret of kuchen then? Being homemade, just like in the old days.
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Useful DataHow to get there
Most tea houses lie on the waterfront avenue (Phillipi), off the shores of Lake Llanquihue.Opening hours
at all times but especially at tea time.Bear in mind
The book 150 Years of German Pastries, a tribute to the German colonists that populated these lands 150 years ago, may be bought at Bauernhaus Coffee House. It is ideal for lovers of ancient recipes gathered by its author -Alejandra Doepking- during her life in Frutillar.
Av Philippi 779 esq. O´Higgins
X Región de los Lagos
Cel: +56 998222489