Welcome, all! I am the Queen of Quark and I have a delicious, healthy Quark dessert recipe to share with you today: Royal German Apple Cake.
This is a cake recipe that my grandmother passed on to me, and it has a number of healthy ingredients, including Quark and apples.
Some of my fondest memories are of my grandmother teaching me to cook and bake in her kitchen when I was just a little girl. She would get a little stool for me to stand on so that I could peer into the bowls and pans.
Unsurprisingly, to make my moist apple cake recipe, you will need apples.
Around the castle we love apples, as they are high in fiber and pectin, which can help with weightloss and protect against type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.
It’s no wonder apples are considered a superfruit! They’re delicious any which way: fresh off the tree, fried in a pan, and most definitely in a fresh apple cake like this one.
Quark is another key ingredient. If you’re wondering what it is exactly, here are a few fun facts: It’s a cheese, and it’s extremely healthy as it’s high in protein, and low in fat and sodium—great for those of us who are counting calories.
Quark is similar to cottage cheese, but creamier, and it’s slightly sweeter than sour cream. You can use it for more than just a delicious cake. Try it with a serving of fruit for breakfast, on a sandwich for lunch, or in a salad for dinner!
This recipe also calls for cranberries and raisins, which are low in calories, high in fiber and vitamin C and packed with phenols, a disease-fighting antioxidant.
As for my cake, it’s scrumptious any time, but it’s especially nice for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or family reunions.
And it’s a dessert you can feel good about serving to family and friends because it contains three kinds of fruit!
Here at the castle we believe that being health-conscious doesn’t mean being boring or bland, and this cake will show you just that.
If you like desserts that are sweet but with a little tangy taste, this treat is sure to become one of your favorites recipes! I certainly believe it’s the best apple cake recipe ever.
Royal German Apple Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup butter cold
- 2 tbsp raisins or cranberries
- 2 tbsp brown rum or cranberry juice
- 4 apples
- 1 package vanilla sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Quark (homemade or store bought)
- 1 package vanilla pudding powder
- 1/2 cup crème fraîche
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Mix the flour with the salt, baking powder, egg yolk, sugar and butter (cut into small pieces) until you get a smooth dough. Knead it very well. Make a ball, wrap it in saran wrap and let it rest for 1 hour in the fridge.
- Place the raisins in a bowl and mix them with rum or cranberry juice.
- Peel and core the apples, cut them in half with a sharp knife and then cut them length-wise. Mix the lemon juice with the cinnamon and pour over the apples to keep them from turning brown.
- Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until very firm. Mix the yolks with sugar, quark, the pudding powder and creme fraîche; then carefully add the firm egg whites.
- Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9-inch baking pan, roll the dough and place it in the pan. Bake it for 12 minutes. Pour the filling into the baked dough.
- Dry the raisins with a paper towel and place them together with the apple halves on top. Bake again for about 45-60 minutes (do the toothpick test).
- Let it cool on a baking rack and dust with powdered sugar.