Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Apple Kuchen ~ Baking Chez Moi

Per Nana ~
The recipe for this week was interesting and not something I had 
tried before.  I love pie crust and this one was no exception. It was 
easy to make, as most of Dorie's crusts are, and using graham cracker 
crumbs as the first layer definitely added another level of flavor.  
I baked the kuchen for 70 minutes and after I tested it I added another 
10 minutes, then another 20 minutes.  In all I had baked the cake for over
 two hours and finally removed it from the oven, hoping it would set up 
while it cooled.  After a few hours (when it had reached room temperature) 
I cut into it and found it had a soft, pudding like texture and was a bit 
messy but so delicious.  
I chilled the leftovers and thought it was even more delicious when cold.  
I will definitely add this to my collection of pie recipes. 
Per Tricia ~
I can honestly say the change in weather has made it a delight to be back
 in the kitchen. With the oven actually turned on :) The air is crisp and the 
days are shorter and making an "apple anything" is as full of seasonal 
memories as it is full of taste. And calories, but we will not speak of these with 
Dorie's delicious recipe that includes butter, sugar and heavy cream. 
Yup- it had to be good with that line up.
 And it was. 
 Even though the recipes describes what appears to be a long process, 
as usual I ended up doing it one evening after work. It was not the game 
plan, but such is life. It turned out to be a great "filler" activity as we prepared 
dinner, ate it and then popped the kuchen in for the long bake afterward. 
In addition to gaining a great new recipe this week, the kuchen served
 as a wonderful reminder that you don't need special occasions to enjoy a 
homemade dessert or new recipe. In fact, I think I appreciate them even
  more on a typical weeknight when they are the star and get all the attention.
This marks another Tuesday recipe testing as we cook along with the "Tuesdays with Dorie" online group.  Please note that we do not post the recipes, per the group rules, but we do encourage others to RUN out and buy their own copy of Dorie Greenspan's "Baking Chez Moi".  Better yet, buy the book and JOIN THE GROUP ! www.TuesdaysWithDorie.wordpress.com


  1. The smell when it was baking was heavenly, wasn't it?

  2. Both of your kuchens look great! I'm surprised how well that the crust held in all that custardy filling!

  3. I didn't make this one, but I'm starting to rethink my decision. Yours both look so good!

  4. Both your kuchens look wonderful. I loved it too, especially chilled, but I'll skip the broiling step next time.

  5. Everyone's recipe this week looks a little different which is fun. Your kuchen is quite beautiful, Ro. And, Tricia, love your square pan. Too many desserts in my life and not enough people to eat them. However, I do think if I made this (and, it is apple season out here) that the front desk at The Gant could take it off my hands. Nice job. See you both soon.

  6. Two lovely kuchens. Tricia, love the square pan. I have one but don't think to use it. Need to change that.

  7. It's wonderful to be back in the kitchen, I agree, Tricia. And Ro, I love how tall your kuchen is. I've been enjoying the leftovers!

  8. Ladies, those are two great looking kuchen. Nana, mine took 100 minutes to set on top.

  9. Your Kuchen look great. I was a bit worried about the baking time and the high heat of the oven so I just took it out after an hour and it turned out ok after it cooled down.

  10. Both of your kuchens look exuberant and nicely browned. Each has its own personality. Fun to see and read about!

  11. yes--two winners! I always love to see both your takes on the same recipe.

  12. Nana, thank you for posting about your experiences with this Kuchen. I adjusted my recipe to accommodate some of the problems you had. It really helped me out. Tricia, I agree with your sentiments on a weeknight dessert making the day special. Our eating has definitely gone up-scale with Dorie.

  13. It is so good to be part of this group and to catch up with familiar blogs! Love your cakes/tarts! Mine took almost twice the time to cook as well and I thought I had done something wrong so it's good to hear I'm not the only one!

  14. This is a PERFECT dessert for "anytime". Nice work ladies!