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Apfelkuchli, a la lean donuts

Posted By Marija Cossi| Comments

February, the month of carnival heavy and greasy delights... Apfelkuchli to the rescue, the so called apples in a gown, for me a lighter version of the fried donuts.

I have recently bought a round tray with donuts molds or mini bundt cake molds and ran into this simple recipe on the Zenker cover of the tray, for german mini apple baked cakes. 

The original recipe states that they are fried like our classic donuts, but this idea seemed great for all of us who are not fond of fried food and heavy desserts.

Here and there it is perfectly fine to enjoy those kind of treats, but this ones you can make more often and truly enjoy them.

I adjusted a bit the recipe I found, which is so easy by the way to make, and realized that the mixture that goes over the apples is very similar to the one we use to make crepes.










  • 2 sweet middle sized apples
  • 175 ml milk
  • 50 g ghee butter or extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 70 g spelt flour
  • a pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 2-3  tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/4 tsp bourbon vanilla (you can add a bit more or leave it out)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

You can add lemon zest into the mixture if you like.


  • mixed cinnamon and dusting sugar 

Melt the butter or coconut oil over low heat and leave to cool.

Beat the egg yolk with agave syrup and milk. Stir in the vanilla and melter butter/oil.

In a different bowl combine the flour, baking powder and sal.t

Add the dry ingredients into the liquid and mix.

Beat the egg white into snow and gradually stir in manually, slowly.


Peel the apples, scoop out the middle, slice into rings.(reccomended thickness  8mm).


Grease and flour the baking molds, place an apple ring in each one and pour over the mixture.

Bake on 180o-190o C for about 20-ak minutes,  until the mixture isn't sticky anymore and liquid.


Leave the baked apple cakes in the molds to cool for a bit then serve dusted with some cinnamon and powdered sugar. You can use Demerara sugar as well, but I reccomend you grind it first.