Saturday, October 29, 2016


Leckerbissen is a German word meaning treat, tidbit, or delicacy.  
Lecker means yummy or delicious; ein Bissen is a bite.  
Here is a recipe that will provide you with a YUMMY BITE (or two or more):

Apple Cake
(this is one of many, many variations of a German-style apple cake)
Many, maybe most, German Kuchen are simple cakes, usually made of a basic flour/egg/sweetener dough - often with fruit exposed on top - and sometimes glazed.  Kuchen are not usually too sweet.
Not to be confused with what is called a Torte, which is not to be compared to an English tart!
A Torte will usually be cream or jam-filled/topped, often layered, and sometimes are soaked with simple syrups (or liqueur).  
Although there are ALWAYS exceptions!
I once heard that "All Torten are Kuchen - but not all Kuchen are a Torte."

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup butter/margarine, at room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (optional)
2 Granny Smith (or Golden Delicious) apples, peeled, cored, and cut in wedges
1/2 cup apple jelly
1/2 cup sliced almonds
FOR GARNISH: powdered/confectioner’s sugar
Place oven rack at lowest position; heat oven to 325-350 degree. Grease a 9 inch spring-form pan. Mix flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In another (large) bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add lemon juice and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and chopped almonds (optional) until blended. Measure out 2/3 cup batter; set aside. Spread remaining batter in bottom of prepared pan.
Starting 1/4 inch from edge of pan, arrange about 1 1/2 cups of the apples in a circle, slightly overlapping. Form another circle on top with remaining apples, starting 1/2 inch from center of pan.
Meanwhile, melt 1/4 cup jelly and brush over apples. Drop teaspoonfuls of the reserved batter around outside edge and spread with back of spoon to make a 1/2 inch border. Fill center of cake with remaining batter. Arrange some sliced almonds in center; sprinkle remainder over border.
Bake 1 hour or until golden. Cool in pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove sides of pan – melt remaining 1/4 cup of jelly and brush apples again. Cool completely on rack. Sprinkle border and center with confectioners sugar.
I prefer to eat my Apfelkuchen topped with real whipped cream (add a little sugar to the heavy cream to sweeten!).  
Have a great weekend!  Alles Gute zum Wochenende!

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to following you on this blog as well. How fun!


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