Sally Schmitt’s Cranberry and Apple Kuchen with Hot Cream Sauce

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Appears in

The French Laundry Cookbook

By Thomas Keller

Published 1999

  • About

This was always a favorite at the original French Laundry. It’s simple and delicious. The hot cream sauce, cream cooked with sugar, can be used with a variety of other desserts.



  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus butter for the baking pan
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For the Kuchen

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan.

In a mixer bowl or by hand in a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and egg together until the mixture is fluffy and lightened in texture.

In a separate bowl,