Apple Kuchen

Homemade kuchen is such a rare treat these days that this rich apple-filled version will take guests by surprise. Feel free to use your favorite variety of apple in the coffeecake. For even more unique flavor, combine apple varieties.



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Ingredients
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    2 1/4  cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    1   package 
    active dry yeast
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    1/2  cup 
    milk
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    1/2  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    1/4  cup 
    butter
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
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    eggs
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    medium baking apples, peeled, if desired, cored, and sliced (1-1/3 pounds; about 4 cups)
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    1/3  cup 
    packed brown sugar
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    1   tablespoon 
    quick cooking tapioca, crushed
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    1   tablespoon 
    lemon juice
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    1   teaspoon 
    apple pie spice
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    Crumb Topping
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    Cream Cheese Topper
Crumb Topping
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    packed brown sugar
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    1/3  cup 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/4  cup 
    oats
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    1/4  cup 
    butter

Cream Cheese Topper
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    cream cheese, softened
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    2/3  cup 
    whipping cream
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    powdered sugar
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    2   tablespoons 
    raspberry jelly


Directions
1.
Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour and the yeast; set aside.
2.
In a small saucepan, heat and stir milk, granulated sugar, butter, and salt just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture and eggs to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes or until smooth. Beat in as much of the remaining flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour to make a stiff batter.
3.
Spread batter into the prepared baking pan. In another large bowl, combine apples, brown sugar, tapioca, lemon juice, and apple pie spice. Place apple mixture on top of the batter. Sprinkle with Crumb Topping. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
4.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is browned and apples are tender. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Dollop each serving with Cream Cheese Topper. Makes 12 servings.
Crumb Topping
1.
In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour and oats. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Cream Cheese Topper
1.
In a small bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in whipping cream and powdered sugar. Swirl in raspberry jelly.

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