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all kinds of thingsA is for all kinds of things, culinary and otherwise, but today A is for Apple Kuchen. About a hundred years ago (OK, sometime in the last century) my mom accumulated, volume by volume, The Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery. I don’t know what happened to her set, but I just bought my own set. For the next 26 (or so) weeks I’ll be offering a recipe for each letter.

The first volume included a 59-page section on American Cookery, several pages of appetizers, an Austrian section and an Apple Cook Book, which is where I found the kuchen recipe. There are recipes for aspics, an anchovy and potato pie, and foods like baked Alaska that are no longer in fashion.

all kinds of things

 

Apple Kuchen is a yeast raised coffee cake, just a little sweet, and would be great made with pears, peaches, or apricots though I think juicy berries wouldn’t be great here. If you Google kuchen you’ll find all kinds, with and without fruit. I remember eating a crisp cinnamon kuchen at my grandparents’ house that wasn’t anything like this but was delicious.

Apple Kuchen

Apple Kuchen
Serves 8-10
Prep time 2 hours
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable
From book The Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery

Ingredients

  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105-110F)
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 Large eggs (beaten)
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3-4 apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Directions

Step 1
Sprinkle yeast over warm water, and let it dissolve(make sure the water is between 105 and 110 F).Scald the milk then stir in 4 TBL of butter, reserving the rest, and 1/4 cup of sugar, let cool to lukewarm
Step 2
Stir eggs, yeast, and milk mixture together. Add 1 1/2 cups flour until well combined. Cover and let rise in a warm place until dough doubles in size (about 40-60 minutes)
Step 3
Once dough has doubled in size, add remaining flour and knead on a well-floured board until dough is smooth. Return dough to bowl, cover and chill for 30 minutes
Step 4
Melt remaining butter. And use some to butter a 9X12X13" baking dish. Combine remaining sugar with cinnamon and raisins.
Peel and core apples and slice into wedges (about 8 per half).
Step 5
Press dough into baking dish, then press apples into the dough in a nice pattern. Brish with remaining melted butter, then sprinkle the raisin mixture over the whole pan.
Cover and let rise someplace warm, another 30-40 minutes.
Step 6
Bake in a 350F pre-heated oven for 40 minutes, turning once halfway through and baking until edges are brown and apples are tender.

 

 

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