Apple Kuchen

These bars should be made by patient bakers with a bit of time — they look best when the apples are lined up in neat columns. This is not[ to say that it makes any difference in the way they taste.]

Total Time:
35 min
35 min

20 to 25 pieces

  • For the crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • For the filling:
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • For the topping:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, if desired, cored, and thinly sliced
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.

  • To make the crust: Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl or food processor fitted with a steel blade and mix to combine. Add the vanilla and butter, a little at a time, and mix until it resembles cornmeal. Press into the prepared baking pan and transfer to the oven. Bake until slightly golden but not brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees.

  • To make the filling: Place the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle and beat until creamy. Add the egg, mix to combine, an pour over the cooled crust.

  • Place the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix to combine.

  • Place the apples on top of the filling in two or three columns. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and transfer to the oven. Bake until firm and a rich brown, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 to 24 pieces.

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This recipe is soo good I made it for a Christmas party and everyone wants the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple to make. The filling has a cheesecake texture and is just as tasty. Creamy and rich with a nice bite from the granny smith apples. Made it for my son's German food day at school and it was a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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