Apple Kuchen

Our daughter Katie has enjoyed making this simple apple cake recently. The rest of us have enjoyed eating it. She’s made it with both Pristine and Williams Pride apples.


1-1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 oz unsalted butter
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup raisins
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

4 medium-large apples, sliced thinly
2 oz butter
1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon

  1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2.     Butter a 13″ x 9″ x 2″ baking pan
  3.     Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut the butter in small chips into the mix and stir it in to make a crumbly mixture.
  4.     Beat the egg, and stir in milk and vanilla.
  5.     Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together only until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened.
  6.     Spread the batter evenly in a thin layer in the baking pan and sprinkle with raisins and nuts.
  7.     Lay the slices, overlapping, in rows on top of the cake, as in the picture. Use more or fewer apples as needed.
  8.     Melt the butter and brush it over the apples
  9.     Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples.
  10.     Cover the entire pan with a cookie sheet or aluminum foil.
  11.     Bake for 35 minutes, removing the cookie sheet or foil for the last 5 minutes.

Dried Apples

We have a small secondhand food dehydrator in our house, and our youngest daughter loves making (and eating) dried apples.  It’s a great use for the endless stream of fruit which finds its way onto our kitchen counter in late summer and autumn.  Drying intensifies and highlights the apple flavor. 

Almost all apples taste yummy when dried, but the best varieties are those with an intense rich flavor.  Williams Pride is our favorite.  Liberty is another good one. 

Drying is a simple process: slice up the apples, lay them out on the racks of the dehydrator without any overlap, turn it on, and wait a few hours for them to dry.  We run our dehydrator at 135 degrees.  It takes about 3 hours to dry a batch, depending on how thin the apple slices are.