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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

German Apple Pudding

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...One of the dishes we had last week was a Bavarian potato soup called Kartoffel Suppe. The soup, which you can find here, is very easy to make and it is a great way to beat back the damp chill of a winter evening. It is, however, peasant simple in its construction and demands some extras to perk it up and help make it a satisfying meal. A salad and a good seeded rye bread helped round out the menu but the coup de gras was an apple dessert that scores points for its down to earth good taste and the memories it evokes. The Silver Fox had this often as a child and despite its simplicity, it remains a favorite of his. His mother was a wonderful cook and I have good reason to suspect he finds my version almost, almost mind you, as good as hers. The dish is quick and easy to make and it is delicious in the way that only comfort food can be. It can be assembled in about 15 minutes and on the table in an hour. The recipe is uncomplicated save for one instruction that will seem counterintuitive. You will be asked to pour boiling water on top of the apple mixture but not to stir in in. It is really important that you follow this directive even though the pudding will look really strange until its fully baked. I promise it will come together and you'll have a lovely dessert that resembles apple pie filling, but is less sweet and more intensely apple flavored. The pudding should be served while it is warm. It is wonderful served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and delicious if you can add good coffee and great conversation. Here's the recipe.

German Apple Pudding...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

4 cooking apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups boiling water or boiling hot apple cider


1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) In a deep 2 quart baking pan, mix together sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add apple slices and mix until coated with flour mixture. Combine milk and vanilla and add to flour mixture. Stir until everything has been moistened. Smooth out the top.
3) Place softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl and cover with boiling water. Blend with a whisk until cheese dissolves and mixture looks milky.
4) Put filled baking pan on rack in oven. Pour milky mixture over top. DO NOT STIR.
5) Bake for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving. Sprinkle extra cinnamon-sugar on top if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

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David said...

Mary, Great looking apple pudding! I've printed this recipe for our file...can't wait to try it. Maybe on New Years Day! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I have Bavarian roots that are still strong. I've never heard of this, but it has our names written al over. Look fantastic. Kartoffel suppe is something I make for my family often. It's pure comfort food.

Chiara said...

Mmmmm, this looks wonderful Mary ! Happy New Year!

Ginny said...

This is a rather strange recipe, but it looks so good!

What's Baking?? said...

Great looking dessert.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love apple pie so I bet this would also be a favourite of mine. Puddings are so comforting in the night time..I'd love this now actually

Kavi said...

there's no eggs in the pudding! Looks great! I'm gonna try it out soon.
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Coleen said...

This recipe is perfect for us, thank you!!

Sandra said...

Mmmm, apples and cinnamon, the best combination!
Mary, happy New Year!

Rita said...

What a perfect sim[le fruit dessert after getting an oveload of rich food.
Hope you are a having a gret week.

Claudia said...

Love the idea of a comforting apple pudding - especially with the cream cheese. Can smell the aroma of the spices cooking.

Rosemary said...

That Silver Fox is one lucky guy! My SIL has a recipe that calls for pouring boiling water over a pudding. Maybe this is it! (She swears by it!) At any rate, I'm sure it was the perfect ending to your warming soup. Best wishes for a happy and blessed new year, Mary!

Clint said...

Ummmmm.....with vanilla ice cream.

That's the way uh huh uh huh I like it uh huh uh huh....

That Girl said...

We usually do apple crisp but this looks just as easy!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Ahhhh... along with the good coffee and great conversation... an unbeatable combination. blessings ~ tanna

Francesca said...

Yummy, that is delicious! I am following you from Rome, I have a sweet tooth!

Kim said...

I really like this kind of dessert. It's simple, but it's so tasty! I hope you're having wonderful holidays, dear Mary!

Jenn said...

Ooooh... that looks sooooo good!!!!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Thanks for the tip...i think I would have stirred the mixture otherwise. Such an easy apple dessert to make when our trees are loaded with fruit.

Jeannie said...

I don't mind eating this, looks so delicious! Apple pie without the crust is yummy!

Alicia said...

Seems so simple, yet so decadent with all that cream cheese. I bet it would go great with vanilla ice cream and Yum!

Terri @ that's some good cookin' said...

Mary, this looks delicious. I am excited to make it for myself...I mean my family and myself. It sounds like home.

Joanne said...

I've seen a lot of puddings before but none that were apple flavored! I bet it's like apple pie filling in a bowl!

Lynda said...

This sounds delicious Mary, and I will try it as I adore apple desserts. You just can't have too many in my opinion.

Shug said...

Indeed, this is great looking pudding! I am adding this recipe to my files. I am crazy about baked apples and I know this recipe has to be great..
Love the history behind all your recipes..

Coleen said...

I used your recipe for German Apple Pudding this afternoon and it is delicious!!! It will be a perfect ending to our (light) chicken soup dinner. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Sharon Koenig said...

That seems like a really simple dessert, I bet it's great with the brown sugar in it.. and can't forget that vanilla Ice Cream on top. :)

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