Zapple Platz (Mock Dutch Apple Cake): A Zucchini Platz that tastes like Apples!

Zapple Platz

This zapple platz recipe uses zucchini but tastes just like apples!  Your family will never know the difference!  Here’s a zucchini platz your whole family will love… even those who hate zucchini!

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Zucchini Platz

Often I don’t even tell my guests that they are eating zucchini, they just assume it’s apple! It’s also a great dessert to bring to a potluck or to share at the office!  This zapple cake looks and tastes just like a dutch apple cake but it’s actually a zucchini platz.  Everyone will love it!

It’s time to use up all of those zucchini that are so abundant this time of year!  Make this zapple platz!  Here’s how to make this zucchini platz…

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Zapple Platz (Mock Dutch Apple Cake): A Zucchini Platz that tastes like Apples!

This recipe uses zucchini but tastes just like apples!  Your family will never know the difference.  It's a zucchini platz recipe everyone will love, including those who claim they don't like zucchini! It's a great dessert to bring to a potluck or to share at the office!  Here's how to make this zucchini platz...

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Charlene Turner

Ingredients

Crumb Mix

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cold butter

Filling

  • 8 cups zucchini peeled, quartered lengthwise, seeds removed, then sliced
  • 2/3 cups lemon juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup walnuts optional
  • 1/2 cup raisins optional
  • 1/2 of the leftover crumb mix reserve the other half for the topping

Instructions

Make the Crumb Mix

  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt.

  2. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Press half of the crumb mix into the lined baking pan and bake at 375 F for 10 minutes.

  5. Divide the remaining half of the crumb mix into half and set aside.  One half will be for the filling, the other half will be for the topping.

Make the Filling

  1. In a saucepan bring the zucchini and lemon juice to a boil.

  2. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.

  3. Drain the excess lemon juice and return the zucchini to the saucepan.

  4. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and one half of the crumb mix.

  5. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.

  6. Stir in the walnuts and raisins (if using.)

  7. Spread the filling over the partially baked crust.

  8. Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mix and bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is great when you have a huge overgrown zucchini, or an abundance of small ones.

Tips and Tricks

When you have a very large zucchini first peel the zucchini, then cut it into quarters lengthwise and scrape the seeds from the core.  Then cut the quartered sections widthwise so that the pieces look like apple slices.

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