This recipe takes me back over 40 years when I lived in Germany. My landlady Mathilda would treat me to this pastry and one day I asked her for the recipe. She agreed to show me how to make it, if I taught her how to make American lemon meringue pie! So she taught me how to make it with her metric utensils while I recorded the amounts in equivalent U.S. weights and measures; then I reciprocated making the pie. We were each pleased for such a fun multi-national cooking session, and I have made this recipe ever since, especially in the fall/winter when many apples are in season.
What a lovely story, thank you for sharing. I may not have a story as nice as yours but I do love looking for the real McCoy's when it comes to ethnic recipes. I have a cookbook called "Russian, German & Polish Food and Cooking" on Page 161 they have an excellent recipe for Spicy Apfelkuchen. It's always amazing how a recipe can change depending on region.
I'll share my recipe here on ECS. Now that it's fall, I'll be enjoying our local orchard will try this one out.