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'Apfelküchlein' with vanilla sauce.

My favorite autumn fair treat after Grandma's recipe.

“The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.” - Jane Hirshfield, poet

There are scents and tastes that take you right back to childhood. When I eat these apple cakes, I sit at my grandparents' table with my trouser button open because my grandmother always made way too much of this incredibly delicious sweet treat. I always had to lie down after lunch because my belly was so full. I think many of you know what that is like... grandparents just love to spoil you. Surprisingly, I felt the same way again today because I just couldn't stop myself from eating "one" more. These thingies are just too good!

What you'll need for 4 people:

- 6-7 'Boskop' apples (they become soft super quickly so I would recommend these)

- 500g all purpose flour

- 1dl oil (e.g. sunflower oil)

- 4dl beer

- 2 egg yolks

- a dash of each salt and sugar

- 2 egg whites

- cinnamon and sugar

- vanilla sauce

Start with the dough. Put the flour in a bowl and make a hole in the middle. Add all ingredients up to and including the sugar and mix the dough until tiny bubbles form. Beat the egg whites until stiff and carefully fold them into the dough.

Then peel the apples, remove the core in the middle and cut the apples into rings about 1 cm thick. Add the rings into the dough and turn them well in it.

Heat a frying pan and add some butter (be generous!). Turn the apple rings once again well in the dough and place them one after the other in the pan. Fry them until they are nice and brown.

Enjoy them with a lot of cinnamon and sugar on top and a big scoop of vanilla sauce on the side.

Happy cooking!

Love, Carmen

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