Growing up in rural Vermont meant that visiting friends was not always a stroll next door. I used to trek up a big hill to visit one grade school friend, but it was always well worth the trip for the camaraderie and for her German grandmother's tea cake. It was a traditional German butter cake with McIntosh apples nestled in the batter and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.
Mimi (my friend's grandmother) taught me that scoring apples with a fork helps ensure they will be tender by the time the cake is baked to perfection. I have adapted the recipe by sprinkling turbinado sugar over the cake; I think it adds a nice texture. The recipe only takes fifteen minutes of prep time before it goes in the oven.
Find recipes for German Apple Cake and other Course recipes. Get all the best recipes at . Recipe directions: In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Fold in apples and nuts. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
To Prepare the Crust: In a large bowl, combine the sugar, egg, butter and flour. Using your fingertips, work the mixture together until it is of pastry consistency. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least one hour, or until slightly firm. To ...