A 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.
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.
|Prep time||2 hours|
|Cook time||40 minutes|
|Total time||2 hours, 40 minutes|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Freezable|
|From book||The Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery|
- 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