{Recipe: Warm Apple Cranberry Spice Kuchen w/ Cinnamon Whipped Cream}

Happy New Years Eve everyone! Hope you all are staying cozy where ever you are. It’s a chilly -17 degrees celsius here in cowtown and what better way to warm myself than to bake a nice winter inspired cake. Our fridge is a little sparse…a small container of cranberries and a bag full of sweet ambrosia apples…solution: Warm apple cranberry spice kuchen w/ freshly whipped cinnamon whipped cream..

Here’s what you need…

I got a set of four of these adorable little spice containers in different colours from Anthropologie…love the kitchen stuff there..

..Start by creaming your butter, sugar and egg in your mixer (or by hand) along with a tsp of vanilla paste/extract till nice and fluffy..

Add your flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon and milk till the mixture is just combined..Pour the batter into a 9″ cake pan..

..slice up your apples into wedges and place them face down in a circular pattern in the pan with the core side down..

..and place a handful of your fresh cranberries in the center and around the edges of the pan..

..looks kind of like a pretty springtime flower..

..I sprinkled the top with a bit more cinnamon and sugar to help caramelize the fruit..

..50 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees and you’ll get this…

…the perfect slice of cake for a festive New Years get together…serve warm with a generous dollop of cinnamon whipped cream..

Apple and Cranberry Kuchen – adapted from The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller

(Makes 8 servings)

  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus butter for the baking pan
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk or light cream (I used almond milk)
  • 3 to 4 Ambrosia apples (or golden delicious)
  • 1 cup cranberries (or firm blueberries)
  • Cinnamon sugar: 1 tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For the cinnamon whipped cream:

  • 1 small carton of heavy cream
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

For the kuchen: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan.

In a mixer bowl or by hand in a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and egg together until the mixture is fluffy and lightened in texture.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients and the milk alternately to the butter mixture. Do not overbeat; mix just until the ingredients are combined.

Peel and core apples. Slice them into 1/4-inch wedges

Spoon batter into the pan. Press apple slices, about 1/4-inch apart and core side down, into the batter, working in a circular pattern around the outside edge (like the spokes of a wheel. Arrange most of the cranberries in a ring inside the apples and sprinkle remainder around the edges of the kuchen. Sprinkle kuchen with the cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a cake tester or skewer inserted into the center of the kuchen comes out clean. Set on a rack to cool briefly, or let cool to room temperature.

Whip the cream, sugar and cinnamon mixture till its thick and creamy (I did it nice and quick in my new magic bullet blender). Top a warm slice of cake with the cinnamon whipped cream.

I’ll be enjoying mine tonight with a glass of pear champagne cocktail while ringing in the new year..see you all in 2011!

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