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German apple cake

German apple cake

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"This recipe has been updated to improve your cooking experience (January 2024). Our traditional apple cake is so simple, but makes everyone SO happy. This was definitely the case in the Kitchen Stories office when we tested the recipe. The nutmeg gives this apple cake a particularly savory, earthy, toasty kick, so don’t leave it out! Serve it warm for maximal comfort-factor."
Difficulty
Medium 👍
Preparation
50 min
Baking
45 min
Resting
85 min

Ingredients

2Servings
apples
g
active dry yeast
15⅝ ml
whole milk (lukewarm)
¼
eggs (large)
pinch
salt
100 g
flour
28¾ g
sugar
36¼ g
butter (cubed)
lemon
tsp
ground cinnamon
tsp
ground nutmeg
5 g
ground almonds
package
vanilla sugar
butter (for greasing)
flour (for dusting)
MetricImperial

Utensils

3 bowls (large), stand mixer with dough hook, peeler, cutting board, knife, citrus press, fine grater, oven, bowl (small), baking sheet, baking pan (optional)

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Nutrition per serving

Cal465
Fat19 g
Protein7 g
Carb67 g
  • Step 1/ 6

    Mix the dry yeast and lukewarm milk together in a bowl, cover, and set aside for approx. 10 min. until it turns foamy.
    • g active dry yeast
    • 15⅝ ml whole milk (lukewarm)
    • bowl (large)

    Mix the dry yeast and lukewarm milk together in a bowl, cover, and set aside for approx. 10 min. until it turns foamy.

  • Step 2/ 6

    Mix eggs, salt, some of the flour, sugar, and butter into the yeast mixture to form a dough. Cover and leave it to rise for approx. 45 min. or until it doubles in size.
    • ¼ eggs (large)
    • pinch salt
    • 62½ g flour
    • g sugar
    • 11¼ g butter
    • stand mixer with dough hook

    Mix eggs, salt, some of the flour, sugar, and butter into the yeast mixture to form a dough. Cover and leave it to rise for approx. 45 min. or until it doubles in size.

  • Step 3/ 6

    Meanwhile, peel, core, and slice the apples. Add apple slices to a big bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and zest, then set them aside.
    • apples
    • lemon
    • peeler
    • cutting board
    • knife
    • bowl (large)
    • citrus press
    • fine grater

    Meanwhile, peel, core, and slice the apples. Add apple slices to a big bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and zest, then set them aside.

  • Step 4/ 6

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F. Mix ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and some sugar in a bowl. Grease a baking sheet or baking pan with butter. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly until smooth, then roll to fit the baking sheet.
    • tsp ground cinnamon
    • tsp ground nutmeg
    • 9⅜ g sugar
    • butter (for greasing)
    • flour (for dusting)
    • oven
    • bowl (small)
    • baking sheet
    • baking pan (optional)

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F. Mix ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and some sugar in a bowl. Grease a baking sheet or baking pan with butter. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly until smooth, then roll to fit the baking sheet.

  • Step 5/ 6

    Transfer the dough to the baking sheet and spread it out to the edges to fill it completely. Spread the ground almonds on the dough and lay the apple slices on top. Sprinkle them with the sugar mixture.
    • 5 g ground almonds

    Transfer the dough to the baking sheet and spread it out to the edges to fill it completely. Spread the ground almonds on the dough and lay the apple slices on top. Sprinkle them with the sugar mixture.

  • Step 6/ 6

    For the crumble, combine the remaining flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla sugar in a bowl and form large crumbles with your hands. Spread the crumble to cover the apples and bake at 180°C/360°F for approx. 45 min. Remove from the oven and let it cool before you cut into pieces to serve.
    • 37½ g flour
    • 11⅞ g sugar
    • 25 g butter
    • package vanilla sugar
    • bowl (large)

    For the crumble, combine the remaining flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla sugar in a bowl and form large crumbles with your hands. Spread the crumble to cover the apples and bake at 180°C/360°F for approx. 45 min. Remove from the oven and let it cool before you cut into pieces to serve.

  • Enjoy your meal!

    German apple cake
FAQ

Recommended apples for apple cake are Braeburn, Jonagold, Boskoop, Honeycrisp, Mutsu or Pink Lady, and even the bright green Granny Smiths. In the end it really depends on what you want the cake to taste like. Do you want a sweeter flavor with less acidity? Go for Jonagold apples. Should your apple cake taste fresher with a little more juice to it? Take Boskoop apples. And if you like it rather crisp and prefer that the apples don’t soften too much, take granny smiths - the apple cake will look extra sharp, fresh and green, but will also taste very sour so beware!

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