Grandma's Apple Kuchen

Marsha Gardner


My grandma worked as an accountant full time and baked every Saturday for the week. This is one of many Kuchens she baked every week. Apple was always a favorite.


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1 Hr


  • 1/4 c
  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 1/2 c
    water, warm
  • 4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 large
  • 6 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 2 large
    gala apples, not peeled, cored and chunked
  • 1/2 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 c
  • ·
    honey to drizzle

How to Make Grandma's Apple Kuchen


  1. In a stand mixer, mix the warm water, honey, and yeast until the honey is dissolved. Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes until slightly frothy.
  2. Mix in flour, eggs, salt, and canola oil until just combined. Switch to a dough hook attachment and knead until the dough comes together. Ball up the dough on the bottom of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for 2 hours. Dough will rise to double in size and get a little poofy.
  3. Place a 9-inch spring-form pan on a cookie sheet and coat with cooking spray.
    Mix cut up apples with cinnamon and sugar (I used more cinnamon than the original recipe because I love it).
  4. Transfer dough to a greased surface and flatten in a rectangle (about 8x10 inches). Place half the apples down the center of the dough (long-ways) and fold over half the dough. Then, place the other half of the apples on the folded part and fold over the other side. With a knife or pizza cutter (I thought the pizza cutter was easier) slice the dough down the middle long-ways and then slice about 8 times on the sides. The apples will fall out, don't worry about it.
  5. Place the dough pieces on the bottom of the spring-form pan so that they are all smashed together. Place any of the fallen apples on the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Brush the top of the bread with an egg wash (1 egg and a tbsp of water) and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Mine took 60. Serve warm and drizzeled with honey if you want!

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About Grandma's Apple Kuchen

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: German

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