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I was born on a military base in Germany, and I spent several years there. My memories, though, are those of a child. I remember castles, touring a dairy on a school field trip, soldiers searching beneath our car during after a terrorist attack, a stream that ran through the forest on the way to school. But mostly I remember the tastes of Germany. I recall brightly colored licorices that, to this day, I dislike. I remember crabapple butter made by the elderly lady downstairs. I remember rich sausages and crusty bread. My favorite food memory, though, is of apple cake.
This recipe was given to my mother when we lived in Germany, and it has been a family favorite ever since. It is sweet, tart, and full of fresh apples — the perfect dessert for company. Even my husband (who, for some strange reason, won’t eat cake with frosting) loves this cake.
It’s quick and easy to make, and perfect for the company autumn visits bring.
Preheat the oven to 350⁰ F.
This recipe really shines when you have small, sour apples right off the tree, but since that’s not possible for everyone, the Granny Smith variety works well. Peel, core and slice the apples about ¼-inch thick. The apples probably won’t sit around long enough to brown, but if you can’t get to baking immediately, leave them in water to maintain their color.
Next, in a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, eggs and sugar. Add the vanilla, then work in the sour cream. Finally, slowly and carefully incorporate the flour and baking powder until the ingredients become a batter.
Butter and flour the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2–inch pan. Pour in half the batter. Smooth it out to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Spread the apple slices over the batter in the pan as evenly as possible. The apples do not need to be neat, just even.
Finally, use the rest of the batter to cover the top. It’s nearly impossible to completely cover the apples — and that’s fine. A few apples poking through actually adds to the cake’s attractiveness.
Bake the cake for about 45 to 50 minutes, checking to make sure it’s golden brown before removing.
Enjoy this taste from my childhood, and serve it warmheartedly to family and friends this holiday season.