November has crept up on us somehow, the elections are behind us, and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Time to prepare for Thanksgiving desserts, my favorite part of the entire holiday feast. Pumpkin and apples always seem to be the popular choices for my family’s table, and this year I probably won’t stray too far from that. It is my Dad’s favorite holiday so I try to stick to his favorites, though last year I made my own cranberry sauce in an attempt to retire Dad’s preference for Oceanspray, but no such luck. Sometimes you just can’t mess with tradition!
I think I have exhausted the realm of pumpkin recipes, so I turn to apples for my next blog post. The recipe for today, Apple Kuchen, pronounced [koo-khuhn], originated from Germany and is a breadlike cake filled with fruit, sugar and/or nuts. While there is no German ancestry running through my veins, I can appreciate a delicious dessert when I see and taste one! I got this original recipe from Penzeys Spices, and there are never any leftovers when I serve it. If you are looking for an alternative to apple pie this Thanksgiving, I highly recommend making this easy dessert and making more than one if you are feeding a large crowd. Eat Up!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a large rectangular baking dish (9 x 13) with cooking spray.
To make the streusel: Measure all streusel ingredients into small mixing bowl and combine with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles small crumbs. Set aside.
To make the Kuchen: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and butter. Use a pastry blender or your hands to blend all the ingredients so it resembles large crumbs. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks then add the vanilla extract and milk. Pour this into the crumbled dry ingredients and mix until it comes together. Press this dough into the bottom and up the sides of the greased baking dish.
Arrange the apple slices in 3 lengthwise rows on top of the crust. Sprinkle the streusel over the apples. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the apples look deliciously glazed. Serves 8 -10. This can be served right out of the oven or hours later and with or without ice cream.