Apple Kuchen-The South Dakota State Dessert

Apple Kuchen-the South Dakota State Dessert Recipe

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South Dakota adopted Kuchen as the state dessert to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and traditional foods of their German ancestors. The word originated in the 1800s, and it describes various types of coffee cakes made from a sweet dough and a wide variety of fillings.

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CRUST

2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/4 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 pound unsalted butter,cold,cut into pieces

FILLING

1 pound cream cheese, rm temp.
3/4 c sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 egg, rm. temp.

TOPPING

2 t. sugar
1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
3 granny smith apples,peeled,cored and thinly sliced

How to Make Apple Kuchen-The South Dakota State Dessert

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  • 1Directions on how to make the crust:
    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
    Lightly grease and flour a 9×13-inch pan.
    Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl or food processor fitted with a steel blade and mix to combine.
    Add the vanilla and butter, a little at a time.
    Press into the baking pan and bake in oven until slightly golden but not brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Cool.

    Directions on how to make the filling and topping:

    Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in mixer (preferably with a paddle) and beat until creamy.
    Add the egg, mix to combine, and pour over the cooled crust
    Place the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix to combine.
    Place the apples on top of the filling in two or three columns.
    Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and transfer to the oven.
    Bake until firm and a rich brown, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 to 24 pieces.
    Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in mixer (preferably with a paddle) and beat until creamy.
    Add the egg, mix to combine, and pour over the cooled crust
    Place the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix to combine.
    Place the apples on top of the filling in two or three columns.
    Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and transfer to the oven.
    Bake until firm and a rich brown, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 to 24 pieces.
    - Recipe from the 2007 South Dakota Legislative Manual

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About Apple Kuchen-The South Dakota State Dessert

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts




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