Food on Friday – Gram’s Apple Kuchen


This is one of our family’s absolute favorites.  It is regularly requested by the boys as their school birthday party cake because they want to show it off to their friends.  It is one of our Fall foods just because that is when we are able to get bushels of sweet apples here in the Northeast and apples and cinnamon become a staple of life.

Mom included the recipe in our family cookbook she made for us all last Christmas.  Here it is.

For anyone following this recipe, we use 1/2 cup (or one stick) of butter for the “shortening”.  We also grease the cookie sheet with butter before putting the cake dough in.  B.P. is baking powder.

Markus and Chip were at football practice when we made this so my kid assistants were Jesse and Vash.  Here they are with the ingredients.

We used this recipe to work with teaching how to cut, peel and slice an apple.  We started with quartering the apples – applying downward pressure while keeping fingers safe.

Then we cut out the cores (which they were pretty good at) by cutting in a V-shaped wedge – lose more apple but less chance of them slipping and cutting themselves.  The peeling had me a little nervous – especially Vash – whose thumb kept moving under the knife to get a better grip on the apple.

He got better at it though.

Jesse was a little choppy with cutting off his peel but he was getting it too.

Probably the hardest part of the process was me learning to trust them with the paring knives.  They are careful cooks – because I so enforce safety – I just need to relax and let them do it the way Gram did with me when I was learning.

We each quartered, cored and peeled two apples.  Then we moved onto the cake batter.

Apple Kuchen is basically an apple coffee cake, which uses a denser cake batter than a regular cake.  The boys took turns making the batter.  Vash started off by creaming the butter

and Jesse added the sugar.

Jesse broke the eggs into the batter and Vash just started stirring while Jesse found the measuring cups and measured the remaining ingredients into the bowl.  Vash mixed it all until the last cup of flour (which I mixed in)

while Jesse buttered the cookie sheet (you need one with sides, obviously)

The batter will spread thin – it is a thin cake layer in this coffeecake, but it will rise some during cooking so don’t freak.  Just make sure your cookie sheet is covered.

Then you slice your apples and line the top – just slightly overlapping the apples.

If you put on too many apples the juices will make the cake soggy.

Mix up some cinnamon and sugar (we tend to go a little heavier on the cinnamon than if you bought a pre-blended mix) in a container – here using Jesse power to mix it.

and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar across the top – again, trying not to get too much in any one spot as the melting sugar can cause soggier spots in the cake.  It should look pretty much like this when going into the oven

and a little lighter than this coming out.  (I’m still getting used to having a fixed Viking oven – it cooks faster now than when it was broken).

This recipe is such a great one to have in your back pocket.  It is actually pretty easy and quick to make and is wonderful for when friends or family come by for a casual meal or relaxed gatherings to play music or watch a game.  It is great to bring to a meeting or a school function or a pot luck.  It goes a long way and has that sweet apple cinnamon taste that is so addictive.  We make it ALOT this time of year.

We hope you like it.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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3 Responses to Food on Friday – Gram’s Apple Kuchen

  1. danielle says:

    mmmmm…I miss Mom’s Apple Kuchen. She needs to come visit me so she can make it at my house. (Just KIDDING…I’ll do it myself one of these days.)

  2. Barbara Antonelli says:

    Yes,having a piece of that kuchen is sheer ‘happiness’!!!! think I’ll get some apples today….. but no one to share it with,so I’ll just have to give some away…so what else is new.

    Love ya,Mom PS. Thanks for the memories ….sigh…

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