Kuchen: It’s a German thing by way of South Dakota

I was reading about each state’s signature food and when I got to South Dakota, I found this dish (don’t blame me – I didn’t do the list). I decided to research it.  The Kuchen originally came from Germany, and there are region-specific recipes.  There is a debate whether this is a cake or a pie; I vote pie.  It is something different.  It has a cakey crust with a fruit and pudding topping.  This is my take on this dish.
1 cup flour
3/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Crisco
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Grind oats into a flour
Mix flour, oat flour and baking powder
Add crisco, egg, and cream and mix
Add sugar; bring to a ball
Place in 9”  pie pan up the sides
Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes
Let cool for 30 minutes
16 oz canned apricots
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon gingerbread spice
Drain apricots
Add brown sugar and spice
Set aside
Pastry cream:
1 cup cream
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Add all ingredients in cold bowl
Whip for 3 minutes
Place apricots and sugar mixture in crust in a single layer
Add custard mix
Bake for 40 minutes at 350 until custard sets
Serve with whipped cream

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