Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
German cooks boast dozens of versions of apple tortes and kuchens. The pastry for this one is easy enough for novice cooks to make.
- 2 lbs cooking apples
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- whipped cream
- TO MAKE THE FILLING: Peel, core and quarter apples; cut each quarter crosswise into 5 or 6 pieces.
- Place in empty saucepan; stir in 1/2 cup of the sugar.
- Cover and simmer for 7 minutes or until apples are partially cooked.
- Place in sieve to drain.
- TO MAKE THE PASTRY: In bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
- Lightly beat together egg and vanilla.
- Stir into flour mixture and mix well until ball of soft dough forms.
- (If dough seems too stiff, add a few drops of water.) Rolls out half the pastry to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut to fit bottom of lightly greased 8-inch springform pan.
- Place drained apples on top of pastry, leaving 1/2 inch space between apples and inside edge of pan.
- Crumble remaining pastry dough into currant-sized crumbs.
- Drop half the crumbs into the space between apples and edge of pan.
- Flatten top surface of apples and sprinkle with remaining pastry crumbs.
- Sprinkle torte with remaining sugar.
- Bake in 425 F.
- oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until well browned.
- Remove hinged ring and serve torte on pan base.
- Serve warm, garnished with whipped cream.
- Makes 8 servings.
- Canadian Living.