Apple-Cranberry Kuchen with Butter Coconut Flake Crust

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Apple-Cranberry Kuchen with Butter Coconut Flake Crust

I’d been having some issues with my oven these past couple of weeks. I haven’t been able to roast a proper pork shoulder or bake a cake and that is completely unacceptable! I’m happy to say that the oven issue was *finally* resolved a few days ago and that I was able to bake a kuchen for my tiny dinner party last night. 

 

Kuchen means “cake” in German, and this kuchen recipe was adapted from a recipe I picked up while cooking at a restaurant a while ago. This kuchen may be the best apple cake I have ever come across and it also happens to be an unbelievably easy recipe. It really is the perfect holiday dessert and people will love you for it. It’s also relatively cheap to make.

As usual, I have made a few notes that you should keep in mind while making this. Have fun and enjoy :)

INGREDIENTS (Serves 8-12, depending on your slices):

Crust:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup flaked coconut
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Fruit:
2  1/2 - 3 ½ cups apples, sliced into thin wedges
1 ½ - 2 cups cranberries (frozen cranberries work just fine, just be sure they’re thawed)
1/3 - ½ cup sugar 
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:
½ cup Greek yogurt (you can also use sour cream or regular yogurt, I’m just a Greek yogurt fan)

1 egg yolk

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

Whisk all dry ingredients together, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Gently mix in melted butter, coconut flake and vanilla extract and form a crust (NOTE: the crust will may be a bit crumbly, but as long as all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, you’re doing great).

Spread crust evenly in a tart dish or 8x8 baking dish (NOTE: this dough requires no rolling, so you will have to evenly press the crust into your dish by hand). Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven. What you want to see is just a tiny bit of color on your crust. Remember, all ovens are different, so times may vary. Also, be sure to rotate your baking dish midway. 

 

While the crust is blind baking, mix the fruit, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Once the crust is out of the oven, arrange the fruit on the crust. I like to do a pretty swirl of apples and then scatter the cranberries on top. 

 

Lastly, throughly mix the egg yolk and Greek yogurt in a separate bowl and drizzle lightly over the kuchen. 

 

Bake kuchen at 350 for 30 minutes or until topping has set.