Apple Kuchen


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 medium baking apples, peeled, if desired, cored, and sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp quick cooking tapioca, crushed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup butter

Apple Kuchen

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You don’t have to be German to appreciate Kuchen; a sweet cake filled with custard (typically) and fruit. This tasty dessert is a crowd-pleaser with the apples complementing the sour cream, cream cheese or custard (depending on your preference) perfectly.


  1. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour and the yeast; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat and stir milk, granulated sugar, butter and salt just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture and eggs to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes or until smooth. Beat in as much of the remaining flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour to make a stiff batter.
  3. Spread batter into the prepared baking pan. In another large bowl, combine apples, brown sugar, tapioca, lemon juice and apple pie spice. Place apple mixture on top of the batter.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour and oats. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on top of apple mixture. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is browned and apples are tender. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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