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Discover the Delight of Tradition: Oma's Apfelkuchen Recipe

Authentic German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)
Oma's Apfelkuchen (Grandma's Apple Cake)

Germany is a land rich in cultural heritage, and one way to experience its traditions is through its delectable cuisine. Today, we're diving into the heart of German baking with a cherished recipe that has been passed down through generations - Oma's Apfelkuchen. Translated as "Grandma's Apple Cake," this classic treat is a testament to the warmth and comfort found in traditional German kitchens.

The History of Oma's Apfelkuchen:

Before we embark on the culinary journey of making Oma's Apfelkuchen, let's take a moment to appreciate the history behind this timeless recipe. Passed down from grandmothers to grandchildren, Apfelkuchen holds a special place in German families. The combination of fresh apples, cinnamon, and a buttery crust evokes memories of cozy gatherings and holiday celebrations.


For the Dough:

- 2 cups all-purpose flour

- 1/2 cup granulated sugar

- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced

- 1 large egg

For the Apple Filling:

- 4-5 medium-sized apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)

- 1/2 cup granulated sugar

- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preparing the Dough:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the diced butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg and mix until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preparing the Apple Filling:

In another bowl, mix the sliced apples with sugar and cinnamon, ensuring the apples are well coated.

3. Assembling the Apfelkuchen:

- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

- Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to fit a 9-inch springform pan. Press the dough into the pan, creating an even crust.

- Arrange the apple slices on top of the dough in a decorative pattern.

- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Serving Suggestions:

Once your Apfelkuchen is out of the oven, allow it to cool slightly before serving. You can dust it with powdered sugar or serve it with a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgence.

Experience the Charm of Hermann, Missouri:

If you find yourself captivated by the flavors of Oma's Apfelkuchen and want to delve deeper into German culture, consider visiting the charming town of Hermann. Nestled along the Missouri River, Hermann is known for its German heritage, historic architecture, scenic landscapes, German food and baked goods.

Stay with Us at the Historic Mercantile on The Katy Trail:

To complete your German experience, we invite you to stay at our lodge, the historic Mercantile on The Katy Trail in McKittrick, MO. Immerse yourself in the charm of this historic property and explore the nearby Katy Trail, offering breathtaking views and outdoor adventures.

Keep This Old World German Recipe Alive:

Oma's Apfelkuchen is more than just a recipe; it's a journey into the heart of German tradition. As you savor each bite of this delicious apple cake, you're connecting with a legacy that spans generations. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and let the aroma of Oma's Apfelkuchen transport you to the cozy kitchens of Germany. Prost! (Cheers!)

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