30 years ago in London my German neighbor baked every Saturday, but would never share many recipes. My favorite was an apple cake, the top and bottom was a very thin layer of something between a pastry and a sponge cake. The filling was large chunks of firmly cooked apples. I have searched since then and never found anything like it. I have no idea how she made it, any ideas?
Apple Cake Recipe
We know various types of apple cake (Apfelkuchen
) in Germany, and recipes abound. I suppose your neighbour made a gedeckter Apfelkuchen
(covered apple cake).
Other variations of German apple cake are
- Versunkener Apfelkuchen - a cake batter topped with apple pieces which sink into the cake during the baking process
- Apple cake with a yeast dough topped with crumbles
- Apfelkuchen mit Mürbeteig - the dough is a shortcrust pastry type, the cake is also topped with crumbles
So here is a recipe you could try, hopefully it is similar to what you are looking for.
IngredientsFor the dough:*
400g / (3 1/3 cups) pastry flour (Type 405)*
2 teaspoons baking powder*
100g (1/2 cup) sugar*
200g (3/4 cup) soft butter*
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar sugar*
1 pinch salt*
2 medium eggsFor the filling:*
1 kg (2 1/4 lb) cooking apples*
50g (4 tablespoons) sugar*
1 pinch cinnamon powder*
30g (3 tablespoons) raisins - you can soak them in 2 tablespoons rum or water to make them softer*
50g (4 tablespoons) butter*
1 tablespoon lemon juiceFor the coating*
200g (1 1/2 cup) icing sugar*
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Mix the flour and baking powder, add the other ingredients and stir using a hand mixer
with kneading hooks. Briefly knead the dough with your hands, form a roll and let it cool for at least 30 minutes.*
Peel, quarter and core the apples and cut them into slices or smaller pieces, whatever you prefer. Sprinkle the apples with lemon juice to prevent they get brown.*
Melt the butter in a pan and lightly braise the apples with sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Let the mixture cool.*
Cut the dough into 2 halves, roll out the first piece of dough (larger than the size of the pan) and place it into a greased 26cm (10in) non-stick springform pan
, form an edge about 3cm (1 1/8in). *
Spread the apples on the dough, roll out the rest of the dough and cover the apples. Press the edge of the cover against the dough edge you formed before.*
Prick the dough cover here and there with a fork.*
Bake in a preheated oven at about 180°C / 350°F for 45 to 55 minutes. Check the cake after 40 minutes, possibly reduce the heat to prevent the cake is getting too dark.*
Prepare a thick paste from icing sugar and lemon juice to cover the cake while it is still warm.
If you use cups instead of a scale, please check this page
for flour facts and gram to cup conversion.