Thursday, October 06, 2016

Apfelkuchen

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This buttery apple cake is perfect for fall and perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest!
Apfelkuchen // This buttery apple cake is perfect for fall and perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest!

Last Thanksgiving, we had our first big Thanksgiving with all of the siblings (my husband's) having significant others. It's so exciting to have all the newbies join in and I love just how huge the family has gotten. As I've mentioned a few times before, my brother-in-law met his wife in Germany while he was stationed there. We've all been really over-the-moon excited to learn about a new culture, so-to-speak, from someone who knows it well. And, of course, we are all enjoying in trying German cuisine. Because we made a lot of traditional American desserts during the holidays, I decided to whip up a German dessert for my newest sister-in-law. I am sure she gets quite homesick and I thought it may be nice to not have something so overwhelmingly sweet.

Apfelkuchen // This buttery apple cake is perfect for fall and perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest!

What I initially thought of this cake is that it would be perfect with a cup of coffee. It's such a great dessert for fall and you can make it using different types of apples. I chose to do Galas because that is what Sarah of Curious Cuisiniere had on her recipe list and that is where I found this recipe (as well as many other German recipes!). It's a denser cake, but still very light in your stomach. It is sweet, but not overly so. I don't mean that in a bad way at all, but it's not rich and make-your-teeth-hurt-sweet. It's a very subtle dessert. :)

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What you need:
  • 2 to 3 Gala apples, peeled, cored, sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
Directions:
  1. Toss apple slices with lemon juice and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add eggs and beat until fluffy and smooth.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until incorporated.
  5. Slowly add milk, mixing on low, until batter is smooth. It will be thick, but pourable.
  6. Pour batter into a greased springform pan and smooth the top until it is even.
  7. Arrange apple slices on top pressing them into the batter lightly.
  8. Bake in a preheated-350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes if it is a 10-inch pan or 40-55 minutes in a 9-inch pan. Once a toothpick inserted into the center (not in an apple) comes out clean - the cake is done.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes and then run a knife along the edges and remove the outer edge of the pan. Let finish cooling on a wire rack.
  10. Dust the cooled cake with powdered sugar right before serving.
Apfelkuchen // This buttery apple cake is perfect for fall and perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest!
 
Recipe from Curious Cuisiniere

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