Odds and Ends: Free Windfall Apples and Apple Kuchen


IMG_5759The weather has been beautiful for evening walks the last couple of days. As we were walking uphill toward a small park in a new subdivision near our neighborhood, my eye was caught by an apple lying in the terrace beside the sidewalk. I noted it and walked on.

Ten or so feet farther up the sidewalk, I looked down–and there was another apple.

I commented to my husband after seeing yet another fruit, “Hey, someone has been walking along here dropping apples–bizarre!” Then we noticed the apple tree near the sidewalk on the edge of the subdivision’s park.

IMG_5757We started picking up apples. They were pretty ugly as you can see. When I started paring them and cutting away the spots and bruised areas, I ended up with quite a few cups of clean sliced fruit. They had a very mild, sweet apple taste. My husband likes tart apples, so he wasn’t impressed but agreed to make a kuchen with them anyway.



  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup soft butter


  • 4 cups peeled and sliced baking apples
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon

Streusel Topping

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons soft butter

Mix  crust ingredients and pat in a 9 x 9-inch pan. Mix filling in ingredients and spread on crust. Mix streusel ingredients and sprinkle on top.

Bake at 350⁰F for 45-50 minutes.

IMG_5761I enjoyed the kuchen. The apples cooked up firm and had a mild character. We decided that the old tree probably dated back to when the land was a pasture, and the apples were most likely some old variety selected, dropped, and fertilized by cattle. There is a similar spontaneous orchard on my parent’s place where my horse, April, was pastured. My mom and dad would feed her an apple each day when they went for their daily walk around their acreage. (They liked to watch her roll the apple around in her mouth, denting it with her teeth all the way around. Then she would suck the juice out before crunching it up, swallowing, and looking hopefully for more!) We made a lot of apple sauce over the years from the apple trees that the horse planted! Begonia

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4 Responses to Odds and Ends: Free Windfall Apples and Apple Kuchen

  1. Just as yummy as my wife makes for us.
    We put all manner of fallen and foraged woodland fruit in our crumbles but always wondered about the Streusel topping.

    • Glad you enjoyed the recipe. We use it mostly in the fall when the new crop of apples are ripening and we go on some day trips to orchards to buy a couple of bushels of apples to store and eat. When I was growing up in central Wisconsin, I used to range through the woods and roadsides for miles around our land and come home with *buckets* of black raspberries, apples, blueberries, elderberries, even some strawberries, and blackberries! Those were the days my friends! Begonia

  2. Love the idea of this. I do a similar ‘crumble’ topping, but never thought to put it on the bottom of the dish and layer it. Plenty of apples still on the tree so guess what I’ll be making next!

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