Author Notes: Yes, there's a sibling recipe to this one. Mrs. Shunke's Kuchen had been enjoyed by my family for decades, but I wanted to put a more contemporary spin on the original, so I came up with this. Thinly sliced peaches, nectarines, or plums can be substituted for the apples. Make them both and decide for yourself! —Windischgirl
Serves: 8 to 12
Large eggs, at room temperature
cup Granulated sugar
teaspoon vanilla extract
cup All-purpose flour
cup whole wheat flour
cup Extra-virgin olive oil--pick a flavorful one
Apples, cored and thinly sliced into wedges
dashes Ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour your baking pan. I prefer a quarter-sheet pan (12 x18 inches), but if you prefer a greater cake-to- fruit ratio, use a 13x9 pan and allow for extra baking time.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, combine the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Start at low speed and gradually increase the mixing speed to 8 and beat the mixture for 6 minutes. The eggs will triple in volume and turn a pale, creamy yellow. Meanwhile, whisk together the all-purpose and whole wheat flours in a bowl, until well-blended.
- Turn off the mixer and replace the whisk attachment with the blade attachment. With the mixer on lowest speed, add the flour gradually, a few tablespoons at a time, until just combined. Turn off the machine, scrape down the sides, and briefly mix to incorporate, about 30 sec.
- With the mixer on lowest speed, add the olive oil in a stream until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, gently easing the batter into the corners. The batter will be bubbly.
- Gently lay the apple slices on the batter in a decorative manner, covering as much of the batter as possible; I tend to do close alternating rows resembling a chevron pattern. Dust lightly with cinnamon.
- Bake the Kuchen for 20-25 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Let the cake cool briefly before cutting into 3 inch squares for serving. This cake is best eaten the day it's made.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Family Recipe, Part 2
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for When You Want It to Feel Like Fall