Rusch Family Apple Kuchen —Dairy-Free Version
This post has nothing to do with fiction or writing or a blog. I spent part of the holiday baking. I never really expected to post about this, but I'm rather pleased with the results so I thought I would share.

Before my mother died, she handwrote all the old recipes into a notebook for me. When I discovered how a wide variety of food allergies made me ill, I stopped cooking the old recipes altogether. But I missed them.

It's been a few years now, and I'm more confident in what I'm doing as a person with food allergies. I know what ingredients work with which items. So last week, I made an apple kuchen.

I first learned to make this kuchen when I was 12. I had to make a family recipe for home ec (yes, I'm that old), and Mother was determined to teach me something easy. (Wise woman.) I had to make this thing maybe a dozen times, once for the entire class. 

I hadn't made it since, but Mother used to make it all the time. She topped it with a wide variety of fruits. I recall one particularly good batch with peaches.

The recipe is very old. Mother wrote in her notes at the bottom of the recipe that the mother of the man who stood up for my mother's parents when they got married gave the recipe to my family. My mother was the youngest child of that marriage, and she was born in 1918. It was a large family. I know that she was 11 years younger than the sister who looked the most like her, and that was a middle sister. I am not sure what year my grandparents married, but I'm pretty sure it was no later than 1905. So...very old recipe.

Here's the version I made this week, modified so I can eat it. 


1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg

rice milk or dairy-free substitute (see recipe for amount)

1 tablespoon dairy-free margarine (I used Earth Balance), melted


2 or 3 thinly sliced apples

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder together. Combine the egg and enough rice milk to make one cup. Mix with the dry ingredients, then add the melted butter.

Spread thinly on a greased pan. Cover with apples, then sprinkle the sugar/flour/cinnamon mixture over the top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.