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COOK'S COUNTRY: All-American Sweet Dough Desserts

Dakota peach kuchen fresh from the test kitchen oven.
Courtesy of WGBH
Dakota peach kuchen fresh from the test kitchen oven.

Airs Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

COOK'S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN features the best regional home cooking in the country and relies on the same practical, no-nonsense food approach that has made Cook's Country magazine so successful. Filmed in a renovated 1806 farmhouse, COOK'S COUNTRY is where family-friendly recipes are scientifically reimagined for the modern home cook.

Test cook Julia Collin Davison
Courtesy of Daniel J. Van Ackere / WGBH
Test cook Julia Collin Davison
Kolaches
Courtesy of Joe Keller / WGBH
Kolaches

In season eight, the series uncovers blue-ribbon regional specialties from across the country (barbecued burnt ends, Dakota peach kuchen and Charleston shrimp perloo), and tackles classic American fare in need of a makeover (whole-wheat blueberry muffins, skillet roast chicken and potatoes, grilled salmon steaks with lemon-caper sauce, and more). Jack Bishop continues to challenge host Chris Kimball to live tastings of kitchen staples such as frozen pizza, corn tortillas and bread crumbs, while Adam Ried reveals the test kitchen's top choices for equipment, including deep fry/candy thermometers, grill spatulas and kitchen towels.

The half-hour program also features short documentary segments on the history of American food with some of the favorites explored, including apple pie with cheddar cheese crust, muffin tin doughnuts, Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas and frosted meatloaf.

"All-American Sweet Dough Desserts" - Test cook Julia Collin Davison revives a classic recipe for Dakota peach kuchen. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of peach jam. Finally, test cook Erin McMurrer shows Chris how to make the perfect kolaches.

COOK'S COUNTRY is on Facebook, and you can follow @TestKitchen on Twitter.

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