Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Grammy's Apple Kuchen

As I've mentioned before, I love going through
my grandmother's old recipe box. Especially
during the holidays. Seeing her handwriting or
the notes she made on recipe cards now yellowed
with age brings her back to me more than a
photograph in an album ever could.

I have no idea if it is accurate or not, but I tend to pick
the recipe cards that have the most stains on them. My
guess is that they were used quite a bit so they must be good,

So here is my grandmother's Apple Kuchen:

3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup flour
2 tspns baking powder
2 apples (peeled and sliced)
pinch of salt
1 egg
4 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons shortening (melted)
1 teaspoon vanilla
sugar and cinnamon to taste

Sift flour-baking powder-salt-sugar. Put melted shortening
in a bowl - add milk - vanilla - beaten egg - then sifted ingredients.
Mix thoroughly. Spread into 8 " pan. Arrange apples slices on top.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake 15 minutes in 350
degree oven.

This is a light fluffy biscuit like cake with a crunchy outside and
warm cinnamon apples on top. I plan to make this instead of
coffee cake for breakfast Christmas morning. It'll be like having
Gram with me.

*I believe this was a war time recipe when rationing factored into
ingredient selection. Although, it came out fine the way it was written,
I am a butter lover so the next time I make it, I am going to
substitute a 1/2 cup of softened butter in place of the melted
shortening and milk. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Happy Holidays! Jenn

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  1. This is definitely a receipe I will try, these
    old receipes are wonderful because you have
    every item as a staple in your kitchen.
    Thanks for a super and easy desert.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to
    Thanks for a super site.

  2. Jenn, this sounds wonderful and the explanation for why is heartfelt. Thanks for sharing. I'm doing a version on a theme of this for Monday's blog. Take a look. Merry Merry! It's at times like these that we truly remember those we love.

  3. I think that's a great way to decide which recipe to cook, Jenn! I'll have to apply that concept next time.

    This recipe sounds delicious! I love cinnamon and apples and fluffy biscuit-y bread.

    Merry Christmas!


  4. Hey Jenn, this sounds wonderful and the picture is making my mouth water. Lots of food this weekend and isn't this when we all get a free pass on calories? I plan to thoroughly enjoy ...

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. my grandmother had a very similar recipe box... and lots of stained cards... wonder what happened to that???

  6. Wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I so agree - when we make the recipes of loved ones, it's as if they're still with us.

    A very merry Christmas to you
    and your family!


  7. I've been looking for some easy 8x8 cakes to make for presents. I think a few people will be getting these for presents this year. Not to mention, it sounds like the perfect, easy recipe for Christmas morning for my family.

  8. Happy Holidays, All! I am currently up to my neck in Julie's gingerbread and my mother's
    Scandinavian almond oookies! LOL. I LOVE
    THE HOLIDAYS! Must stop, fuggedaboutit!

  9. Jenn, my mom has been driving home the importance of writing down and passing along family recipes. She has been unable to find so many favorites that her own mother prepared, and they're probably lost for good.

  10. Jenn, this sounds great for any time of year! Yum!

    ~ Krista