Tiny little apples decorate these individual cakes which are perfect for holiday bake sales or party buffets. The batter is quick to whip up and the apples are sliced partway through and fanned out before being squooshed into the dough. A light glaze of maple syrup and spices is spooned over the tops before baking. Finally, boiled cider is drizzled on right before serving for an intense hit of caramel apple goodness.
This dessert is one of my German heritage recipes. My mom used to make it pressed into a pan and covered with apple slices. I’m not sure if it’s really “Dutch” or if that was some kind of Queens New York slang for German, or even how old the recipe is. But I only have two family recipes and this is one of them. Our German anise cookies are also a Christmas favorite.
I used tiny flavorful crimson gold apples which you might find in stores now. The recipe is free of refined sugar, low in sugar overall, and has a lovely autumn feeling to it. I made boiled cider the other day after reading about it here. Insanely good and so simple. The flavor is like intense caramel apples, so amazing that I am going to make more for holiday gifts. You’ll need square or round silicone muffin cups if you want to make these exactly the way I did.Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, reduced-sugar diets
low-sodium or migraine diets
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Here are the silicone muffin cups I used: