Apple kuchen, or apple cake, is this lovely German family recipe from another blogger, That Skinny Chick Can Bake. I just love old family recipes. I love the idea of making things the same way they were made decades ago. This recipe was clearly developed before baking soda or baking powder became widespread, and so it uses yeast and rise time to make the dough fluffy. That means it takes a bit of time, but it’s well worth it. Also, there’s no kneading or rolling, so as far as yeast-dough goes, this isn’t the worst. And by isn’t the worst, I mean tastes the best.
We just a had a new neighbor move in across the hall from us, and since this recipe makes two cakes, I brought one over to him. I think he thought it was so sort of weird. If he only knew what his future holds for receiving even more unsolicited baked goods.
I started by combining some flour with yeast, melted butter, eggs, sugar, salt and heated milk. This went into the bowl of my stand mixer. You can use any old bowl and any old mixer.
After I had beat the first items together, I added more flour and beat again. [Read more...]