true cakes. I've seen versions that are tarts. I've seen versions that are pies. I've seen versions that are sort of like an apple bread pudding. You name it and it's out there.
Of course, kuchen is simply the German word for cake. This version actually comes from German families in the Midwest and features a cakey crust topped by tart apples and a cinnamon streusel topping. It's actually pretty simple but oh, so good!
When I was making this I had the doors and windows open because it was such a lovely cool day here in the desert. As neighbors were taking their afternoon walks it was quite amusing to see them slow as they passed our house and take a sniff. That's how good this smells when cooking!
I really enjoyed this with the fresh tart Granny Smith apples we got in Willcox last week. However, if you prefer something else you can use whatever baking apples you prefer. The Granny Smith variety holds up nicely in the oven so the end result has more texture. But, if you want something that is more like a pie filling, choose another, less hardy variety.