Olga’s Apple Kuchen

Renée G.


This recipe was given to me by my son’s girlfriend who said it had been passed down from her Great Grandmother Olga. I have revised it to use a food processor rather than a lot of elbow grease, but the ingredients and everything else are just as Olga had written.

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10 - 12 (depending on serving size)
30 Min


1 egg
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
3 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. (½ stick) cold butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. melted butter
peeled and sliced apples**

How to Make Olga’s Apple Kuchen


  • 1Liberally butter a 9” x 13” baking pan, an extra large deep dish pie dish, or two round 8” cake pans.
  • 2Preheat oven to 425º F.
  • 3*Beat together in a measuring cup, the egg, ½ tsp. vanilla and just enough milk to make ½ cup.
  • 4In the bowl of a food processor, add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Pulse a few times to incorporate. Then add 4 Tbsp. cold, cubed butter.
  • 5Pulse the food processor to cut in the butter into the dry ingredients like you would do for pastry. When you can drag a fork through without picking up any large lumps - then you are good to go.
  • 6Pour wet ingredients into the dry, use the continuous speed to mix everything together which should only take 15 seconds or less.
  • 7Turn out the dough into the middle of the buttered baking pan. Flour your hands and gently press the dough evenly to the edges.
  • 8**Peel and slice apples – the exact number of apples will depend on variety and size. But enough to evenly cover the dough.
  • 9Evenly layer apples, matching the curve to cover the entire pan.
  • 10Melt 3 Tbsp. butter and add 1 cup sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Stir with fork to thoroughly mix. Sprinkle over the apples and bake 25 – 25 minutes.
  • 11NOTE: For very juicy fruits like plums and peaches, I usually need to cook 5-10 minutes longer.
  • 12Fruits I have used for this cake: apple (Jonathon, Gala, Granny Smith), plums, peaches, pears, blueberries, mango, this is a versatile recipe. Except for berries and plums, I peel, slice and arrange the fruits slightly overlapping each other and allowing no gaps from row to row.

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About Olga’s Apple Kuchen

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: German