German Apple Streusel Sheet Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 apples, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 1/4 cups applesauce
  • 1 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • vanilla ice cream, garnish

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, cream together 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cups) butter and 1/3 cup sugar for 2 minutes, or until fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla extract, then mix in 2 cups flour.
  4. Spread dough out into an even layer at the bottom of greased baking dish, then place in the fridge to chill.
  5. Place diced apples in a large bowl and toss them with lemon juice, zest, cinnamon and applesauce, then set them aside until you’re ready to assemble.
  6. For the topping: cream together remaining butter and brown sugar until fluffy, 2 minutes, then mix in 2 cups flour and beat until mixture is coarse and crumbly.
  7. Spread apple mixture over the dough layer in your 9×13, then use your hands to press crumb topping into slightly larger pieces to top apples with.
  8. Place baking dish in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and apples are cooked through.
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