Saturday, December 7, 2013

Apple Kuchen

This kuchen is just beautiful. And it tastes delicious. It is so soft and flakey, it practically melts in your mouth. The cream on top just puts it over the top. I really would expect no less from The French Laundry. I still regret not planning far enough in advance for our honeymoon and missing a chance to eat there!




I wish I had some more right now. I am just drooling remembering the deliciousness.





Really though, do yourself a favor and MAKE THIS KUCHEN!

apple kuchen with hot cream sauce
for the cake

Ingredients
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk or light cream
2 to 3 apples
Cinnamon sugar (optional; mix 1 tablespoon sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon)
Powdered sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch round spring form pan. 
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and egg until mixture is fluffy and lightened in texture, about 2-4 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients and milk alternately to creamed butter mixture. Do not overbeat. Mix until just combined.
  4. Peel and core apples. Slice into 1/4-inch wedges.
  5. Spoon batter into pan and level with offset spatula.
  6. Press apple slices, core side down, into the batter, about 1/4-inch apart. Work the apple slices in a circular pattern, like the spokes of a wheel.
  7. Sprinkle cake with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
  8. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean. Set on rack to cool.

for the hot cream sauce

Ingredients
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter 

Directions

  1. Combine cream, sugar, and butter in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, immediately reduce heat (to prevent scorching) and let simmer 5 to 8 minutes until slightly thickened. 
  2. Sprinkle warm kuchen with powdered sugar (if desired) and pour hot cream sauce over kuchen.

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