Thursday, June 13, 2013

An Ideal Apple Pie

Technically speaking, apple pie is probably not exactly the right name for it. Officially it's called Altlaender Apfelkuchen which could be translated as apple cake. Whatever you choose to call it, it really tastes great!:)  I got the recipe from this magazine:

and adjusted it slightly.

You will need:

6 medium apples (750g)
2TBSP lemon juice
50g raisins
1TBSP rum
125g butter
100g sugar (about 1/2c)
1pkg vanilla sugar (8g)
salt to taste
175g flour (1c plain flour is about 105g)
2 TSP baking powder
1TBSP apricot jam

26cm baking pan

Line the baking pan with paper, set aside. Peel the apples, cut them in half and remove the core. Make cuts in the round side of the apple halves, but don't cut through. Sprinkle them with lemon juice. Let raisins soak in rum. Cream butter and sugar, vanilla sugar and salt. Add eggs and beat until foamy. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the butter mixture. Mix well and transfer into baking pan. Spread the dough evenly. Add the apples, place them with the round side up. Sprinkle with  raisins. Bake at 175*C for about 45 min. Warm the apricot jam over medium heat and brush the apples with it. It will keep them fresh longer.

Serve with tea or coffee:

It is delicious!


  1. Replies
    1. Yes, isn't it?:) I have tried many recipes of an apple pie through the years but it's the first one I really like, and so does my husband.

  2. How many teaspoons (or table spoons) are in one package of vanilla sugar? Here it's sold in containers.

  3. I have no idea...I can't even tell you how many grams there are in one package as I used the last one for the cake and haven't bought the new ones yet. I was planning to buy it tomorrow as I prefer always to have some baking supplies at home, so than I can answer your question. The packages are small though, so it must be a couple of teaspoons.

    1. Miriam, I have checked and one package of vanilla sugar is 8g,that must be 2/3 of a tablespoon according to my cooking book. I'll change the post as well.

    2. Thank you so much! I'd defenitely like to try this recipe, but just now we are in the middle of moving... so I'll have to postpone it untill July or August.

      I really do like baking too.

    3. You are welcome! It's nice to meet a kindred spirit:) Success with moving...

    4. Thank you!

      I'd like to add that most times I find baking like therapy, the rhythm of kneading, how the dough is sweet to touch, not to mention the comforting promise you can smell... :-)

    5. It IS delicious! I decided to bake it for Rosh Hashana (jewish new year), which begins tonight. It is customary to eat apples so I thought this surely would be nice. And it is... but I misread the amount of baking powder... Instead of 2 teaspoons I put 2 tablespoons and I was wondering like, they really do use alot of baking powder in continental Europe? Maybe they have "weaker" baking powder there... It began to rise and rise in the oven, and in that point I came to check the recipe! Your apple cake looks more beautiful (in my cake the apples are covered with dough) but oh, the taste, it really is delicious!

  4. I have enjoyed the european home magazines that I have seen here and there and you made a mention of them. Could you share a little more about the different ones that are available where you live? Maybe some crochet and knitting magazines available in your country too. I like to look at the covers and see their websites, the photo are usually lovely and inspiring.

    Thank you!

  5. Honestly speaking, I prefer German home magazines. Every time we go on vacation, I come back with a pile of them:) They have so many, it seems that every time I go there I find a new one:) They also often feature homemakers(at least, those I buy:) Dutch magazines are quite feminist, and also expensive. Lately there have appeared some new crafts magazines on the market, they are OK, but also expensive. I usually buy Verena for knitting (it's in Dutch but, like Burda, probably German), and Simplicity Naaimode for sewing. There are some crochet magazines as well, but I'm not really into it. Anyway, it's probably better if I make a separate post on the topic with pics:)

    1. Please do, the sooner the better :-)

    2. I'll post on this topic as soon as I can get my husband take the pictures:)