The snow has piled up outside, all white and cold and shimmering in the sun. The sky is bright, bright blue. I’m sitting inside, listening to the bubbling of the fish tank filter and the crackling wood stove. Today is a good day for baking, I think. My favorite recipe to make is apfelkuchen. There is nothing better than eating a warm slice of this amazing apple cake on a cold winter’s day when the snow is blanketing the entire world in white and there’s nowhere to go. I only bake two things — kuchen and cinnamon rolls — and today is an apfelkuchen kind of day. Want the recipe?
I originally found this recipe on Food.com, but have since adapted it. Here’s my version of. . .
German Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake)
4-5 cups of apples
1 1/4 cups white flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup salted butter (or unsalted butter with 1/2 tsp salt)
2 T milk
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, baking powder, and sugar together and sift once. Cut the butter into the mix with a pastry blender. I do this until it’s about pea sized. In a different bowl, mix the egg with the milk. Add to the dry mix. Mix completely and press out evenly over the bottom of a greased 13×9″ pan. Pare and core the apples. Cut them into thin wedges and layer them in the pan. It should look something like this when you are done.
Dot the apples with 2 T butter. Mix 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 T flour, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon together. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples evenly. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. It should look like this when it’s done.
Ta-da! Enjoy with some whipped topping and the sound of TobyMac’s new single, “Beyond Me,” playing in the background. Have you heard it yet? If not, you can listen to it here.