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Apple Kuchen

Contributed by: NAPSA

Cool Off With A Delicious, Warm Weather Treat (NAPSA)-It may surprise some people to learn Americans enjoyed one of the country's most delicious desserts even before the U.S. enjoyed its independence.

Scholarly investigations of the American history of ice cream say the tasty treat arrived in the country around 1774, two years before the U.S. war of independence-now, National Ice Cream Month and Independence Day are both celebrated in July.

It is believed that First Lady Dolley Madison popularized ice cream by introducing it to White House guests at her husband's 1813 inaugural ball.

Today, the average American consumes 23 quarts of ice cream and related frozen treats each year, according to Suzy Gardner, co-author of Ice Cream for All Seasons (ReTreat Publishing, 1999).

To enjoy the sweet taste of ice cream all year round, the home economists at Fleischmann's Yeast offer this delicious new flavor combination: Apple Kuchen a la Mode.

Apple Kuchen is fluffy, batter bread topped with apple slices and cinnamon mixture. This sweet cake-like treat combines beautifully with ice cream. It has an old-fashioned feel-great for cooling off on a hot night.

Ingredients:

  • 21/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg, large
  • 3 cups sliced fresh cooking apple
  • Cinnamon Topping (recipe follows)

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt.

Heat water, milk, and butter until very warm (120 to 130 F). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add egg and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter.

Turn into greased 13 x 9-inch pan. Arrange apple slices evenly over batter; sprinkle with Cinnamon Topping. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Bake at 375 F for 25 minutes or until done. Cool in pan on wire rack, or serve warm with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

Cinnamon Topping

In a small bowl, combine 2/3 cup sugar and 11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter or margarine with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Nutritional Information: Per Slice (1/12 of recipe): Calories: 240; Total fat: 8 g; Saturated fat: 4.5 g; Cholesterol: 35 mg; Sodium: 270 mg; Carbohydrates: 39 g; Dietary Fiber: 2 g; Protein: 3 g.


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