I keep telling myself that Fall is coming. We have been having record heat and humidity in California and quite frankly I am tired of it. If I can't get the weather to cooperate I at least can change my baking to Fall flavors. This week's baking assignment from Baking Chez Moi is Apple Kuchen. My husband knew exactly what this was from his German baking grandmother. I had not made or ate one before so his knowledge really hepled me out.
The filling/topping: I used a mixture of Fuji and Gala apples which I thought was nice. Since at least one member was concerned about doneness of the kuchen I decided to decrease the liquid a tad and I put in only 1 cup of heavy cream.
Baking: I did the 15 minute par bake and then the 70 minute baking. My knife was moist but no egg residual so I decided it was done. I was pretty sure it would set up while cooling. Since it has been blazing hot here I decided to let it cool in the refrigerator. I also decided to skip the last step, the broil with sugar and butter. I just could not add 1/2 cup of melted butter to this already decadent dessert. My raisins tasted a little burnt before the broil so I did not want to make it worse.
The Reviews: My husband thought it was restaurant worthy but asked that I mix the raisins in next time to prevent burning. My son with the simple tastes thought it was "weird" and he did not finish his piece. Two of my guests wanted whipped cream with it. I liked it but I think Kuchen is not my thing. I am glad for the new cooking technique and should probably make it for my German mother-in-law someday. But for now I will be wishing for cooler weather and baking with Fall ingredients. Pumpkin anyone?
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