This is our absolute favorite pie. We always have all ingredients at home, come hell or high water!
Many of our friends asked for my recipe and I always said it’s my secret and I would never tell… I have a weak moment right now so I’m going to pass the secret since it is a very special day today:
German Apples Day…
For the dough:
200 g flour
60 g sugar
80 g butter
1 pkg. vanilla sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
For the filling:
1 pkg. vanilla custard powder
1 big glass of apple sauce (preferably homemade)
40 g sugar
3-4 tbsps milk
For the crumbles:
200 g flour
70 g sugar
110 g butter
Kneat all ingredients for the dough until smooth, fill it into a greased springform pan and form a 3-4 cm brim.
Prick the dough base several times with a fork. If you have a bit of semolina or fine breadcrumbs sprinkle 2 tablespoons over the dough.
Preheat oven to 200° C (= 390-400°F). Put the dough inside for 5-8 minutes, this way it won’t get squishy.
Meanwhile peel and cut the apples into thin slices. Spread one of the apples on top of the dough when it comes out of the oven.
Bring apple sauce and cinnamon to a light simmer. Mix 40 g sugar and vanilla custard powder in a cup and stir it thoroughly with 3-4 tablespoons of milk. Once the apple sauce starts to bubble pour the vanilla mixture inside and keep stirring another 1-2 minutes with an egg whisk.
Pour the apple sauce over the first layer of apples (no need to let it cool first) and add the second layer of apple slices on top. Put it into the oven for 25 minutes now (the apple slices shouldn’t turn too dark).
In the meantime you can produce the crumbles: just mix all ingredients until they become coarse crumbs (not a smooth dough) and put them on top of the cake, when the 25 minutes are over.
Now bake it for 15 more minutes.
Let it cool a bit before you cut it.