When I lived in Germany I would often go to one of my best friend’s house for coffee after school. Her mom would make this amazing apple cake that was to die for! Apfelkuchen in German literally means Apple cake. Afterwards all high on coffee and the sugar from the cake we’d run around town being mischievous and young. I have fond memories of those times so the apple cake is not just a cake, and it’s not just a recipe, but it’s a time stamp in my youth.
1 cup warm soy or almond milk
21/4 tsp (1 packet) yeast
11/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/4 cup flour (sifted)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegan butter (softened)
3-4 granny smith apples, sliced
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup ground almond
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegan butter (cold, cut up in cubes)
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fresh nutmeg
If you have a stand mixer or a bread machine this cake is a breeze. If you have to knead it yourself, well I hope you are strong like a stereotypical Bavarian muscle clad Apfelkuchen baking goddess!
Mix the yeast into the warm soy or almond milk and let it sit for 10 minutes to foam up and make certain your yeast is ALIVE [echo]…Then add all the ingredients, in the order given up to the apples into your bowl and put it into your hand mixer or breadmachine and let it mix it up into a smooth dough consistency.
Line a 9×13 baking dish w parchment paper (for easy cleaning and serving), and press down the dough onto it. Line up the apple slices on top to form two layers and let it rest for 30 minutes while you make the topping.
With a pastry knife or in a blender, blend all the topping ingredients. Sprinkle and pat them down over the cake like a crumble.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown. Mine actually wasn’t quite crispy on the top so I cranked the broiler and let the top get nice and crispy for a minute…
Enjoy with a cup of strong coffee and then go to town and raise hell. I know this is a favourite desert amongst the…shall we say mature mannered citizens of Germany, but a slice of Apfelkuchen always brings out the mischievous youthful nature in me!!