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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple Kuchen

Or to be more precise, Apfel Kuchen. This happens to be one of those desserts that has been adapted so often that it's hard to figure out what the original version might be. I've seen versions that are 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.

: Apple Kuchen
: Delicious apple treat that is pefect for fall. Featuring cinnamon streusel over baked apples and a flaky crust.

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, diced

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9x13 or 8x12 glass baking dish with butter or non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and butter. Mix at medium speed until mixture resembles small peas. In a separate small bowl beat together the egg yolks, vanilla, and milk. Add to flour mixture and blend until dough comes together.
  3. Press dough into prepared baking dish. Arrange the apple slices in rows on top of the crust.
  4. Combine the ingredients for the streusel and mix together until the mixture resembles small peas. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples and crust.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until crust is golden and apples are nicely glazed with the streusel. (If using a smaller size pan increase cooking time to 45-50 minutes.)
  6. Remove from oven and serve warm, but not hot.

If you prefer a softer and less tart apple you can use Macintosh for a melt in your mouth result.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 35 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
Culinary tradition: German
Calories: 250
Fat: 11g

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