If you follow Kieffer’s Appliances, you probably know that Meals on Wheels is the primary charity for the company. A number of family and employees’ elderly or disabled relatives have benefited from this wonderful organization by receiving 2 meals each day delivered to their homes, one hot and one cold. Kieffer’s also supports a few other charities that are important to our employees personally. One such charity is the March of Dimes. Kieffer’s has sponsored the dessert table the last few years for the Signature Chef’s Gala in Philadelphia which raises a significant amount of funds for the cause. https://signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org/Event.aspx?EventId=19204
This year a fellow chef, Pierre Rauch, and I were tasked with the baking. Pierre is German by birth and chose a German Apple Crumble Cake. This cake feeds a crowd, is seasonal (think Thanksgiving) and is actually quite easy.
German Apple(or Cherry) Crumb Cake
4 C. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. table salt
9 TBL. melted butter
1 C. lukewarm milk
2 XL eggs (2 ½ large eggs)
1 pkg. dry Rapid Rise yeast
2 TBL. sugar
3 lbs. Macintosh apples, peeled and sliced or diced or 2.2 lbs. canned or frozen pitted sour cherries(well defrosted and drained in a colander).
1 ½ C. all-purpose flour
½ C. granulated sugar
9 TBL. cold butter, cut into small cubes
1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Mix flour, yeast, salt and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
- Add the melted butter, lukewarm milk and eggs to the dry ingredients above.
- Set the mixer with a hook on low and mix until smooth(or mix with your hands). The dough will be very soft but not really sticky. Add a bit more flour if it is.
- Cover and keep it in a warm place for about 1 hour. It will not rise much during this time.
- Preheat the oven to 375°.
- Grease a 11X17 baking pan.
- Sprinkle a little flour on the counter, roll out the dough and fit it in the pan, bringing the edges of the dough up the sides of the pan slightly.
- Spread the apples or well-drained cherries on top of the dough and top with the topping(see below).
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the topping and dough edges are light brown.
- Put the flour, vanilla, sugar and cubed butter in a bowl and mix well using your hands.
- Rub the mixture between your fingers to create bumpy crumbles.
Drizzle with a little confectioners icing, made by mixing powdered sugar with a little water until it will drip from a spoon or just dust with powdered sugar sifted through a mesh strainer.
We made 8 pans of this cake yesterday…plus a little sample for the chefs…