Zupfkuchen from Mary Ellis serving in Germany

Recently we asked our missionaries to share with us a recipe from the country they serve in that we could share with our supporters. Some of these dishes are made in celebrations and others to share in small groups. We want to encourage you to make these dishes with your family this holiday season and to be reminded of and praying for our KMUSA missionaries serving in Europe!

Today we share a recipe from Mary Ellis serving in Germany! Mary serves in Cafe Story which gives her an opportunity to use food to connect with the people of East Germany. Today she shares a German recipe called Zupfkuchen, which is a typical dessert they serve regularly in the cafe. 

“Please pray for new opportunities to share the Gospel. East Germany is one of the most atheist areas in the world and can be a very difficult culture to connect with.” – Mary Ellis 


For Pastry

  •       125g Softened Butter
  •       125g Sugar
  •       1 Packet of Vanilla Sugar
  •       1 Egg
  •       225g Flour
  •       2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  •       50g baking cocoa

For the Filling

  •       500g quark
  •       150g melted butter
  •       150 g sugar
  •       1 packet vanilla sugar
  •       1 packet vanilla pudding powder
  •       2 eggs


  1. For pastry – beat butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, and egg for 1 minute. Add flour, baking powder, and cocoa until well combined. Form into a roll and wrap in saran wrap. Let rest in fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line a 10 inch spring form pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix quark with melted butter. Stir in sugars. Stir in pudding powder. Beat eggs in, one at a time until well combined.
  4. Take dough from fridge and divide in half. Roll to thin round base, and place in springform. Pull edge 1 inch up the sides.
  5. Pour filling into base.
  6. With remaining dough, break off 1 inch chunks and place evenly over filling until used up.
  7. Bake for 1 hour. After 30 minutes, cover with foil to prevent burning the top.
  8. Cool completely before slicing.


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