Apple Pecan Kuchen

A friend of mine came over on Halloween and we had an Autumn cooking party.  We made butternut squash soup,Tennessee pumpkin bread, apple pockets and Apple Pecan Kuchen.  This recipe is from the Apple Lovers Cookbook, which I bought at an orchard shop after apple picking one year because I LOVE apples.  So, basically, this cookbook was made for me.

This would be a perfect Thanksgiving dessert.  It is very rich and tastes kind of like a blend of apple and pecan pies, with a little cake thrown in.

Apple Pecan Kuchen

3/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 C. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
1/8 t. ground cloves

1/2 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
2 T. flour
1 t. cinnamon
2 T. melted butter
2 C. peeled, sliced apples

3 T. butter
4 T. honey
3/4 C. chopped pecans

Cream together sugar and shortening.  Add egg and mix well.  Stir in milk.  Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  Stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture until smooth.  Spread half of the batter in a greased 9″ square baking dish.

Mix together brown sugar, 2 T. flour, 1 t. cinnamon and 2 T. melted butter.  Sprinkle over batter; then arrange sliced apples over crumbs.  Cover with remaining batter.

Mix together 3 T. butter, honey and pecans.  Sprinkle over top layer.

Bake in oven at 375, 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.  Technically makes 9 servings, but is so rich, you can probably get 12-18 servings.

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