Apple crumble cake

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Spring is slowly approaching, even here in Berlin. In between grey and rainy days there are glimpses of the earliest colorful flowers detectable as well as the warmth of the first few sunny afternoons. With the fading grey, a new spirit of life also seems to return, which makes me kinda happy and feel alive again!

My past winter has been a bit stressful and due to the lack of sunshine also depressing – something I still haven’t overcome ever since moving to Germany (although in general I am very happy to be here!). For brightening up that gloomy mood, I baked apple cake a lot during the past months. Even though there was not too much time for baking left next to lab & uni, this cake appeared on our flat share’s kitchen table more than a few times – and disappeared quite quickly again, as well.

This cake is very easy to make and still so satisfying – a yummy, crumbly treat filled with juicy apples. It is a very nice option to use up the last of the season’s apples, or simply to bring color into another rainy day as long as we’re still waiting for summer!

Apple crumble cake
makes a 28cm diameter cake || adapted from here
1 small, not too ripe banana
350g all-purpose flour
200g vegan butter, cold
100g + 2 tbsps. granulated sugar
8-10 apples, depending on the size
4 tbsps. water
1-2 tsps. ground cinnamon
  • Clean the apples and cut them into pieces. Mix them with water, 2 tbsps. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon and cook them into a compote on low to medium heat. Try and if desired, add more cinnamon to taste.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F.
  • Mash the banana with a fork and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, 100g sugar and vegan butter. Add mashed banana and knead until just combined. Do not overknead, otherwise the batter might get too firm.
  • Line a 28cm diameter cake pan with baking paper. Roll out approximately 1/3 of the dough or simply press into the pan, forming a crust surrounded by a 2-3 cm edge.
  • Fill the apple compote into the cake crust and crumble remaining dough on top.
  • Bake in preheated oven for around 20 minutes or until crumbs start to get golden brown.

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