Sunday, November 15, 2015

Apple Kuchen

My neighbors across the street have a Granny Smith apple tree and were kind enough to give me some apples. We'd had a conversation a little while ago about how well all the trees did this year and that they were inundated with apples. The other day my doorbell rang and there was my neighbor with some apples! (These are different neighbors than the ones with the apple tree that broke under the weight of its apples.) I'd wondered what to do with them and then we were invited to another neighbor's' house for dinner so I thought to make a kuchen with apples rather than peaches.

The kuchen base is:  1 stick of butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg and 1 tsp. vanilla, beaten together, and to which 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/4 tsp. salt are added. The batter is pressed into a greased springform pan and then the fruit is placed neatly into the batter. Then the fruit is sprinkled with 3 T. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon and baked at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

I'd been warned that these apples had a tendency to cook down quickly so I think that the short baking time was better as they held their shape but were still soft.  One could serve it with ice cream but it really didn't need it.

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