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Chocolate-Apple Kuchen

Chocolate-Apple KuchenA hot roll mix makes this chocolate apple kuchen a breeze to make.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) package hot roll mix
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup hot water (120° to 130°F)
1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups (12-ounce package) HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips - divided use
1 medium cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)
Apple Glaze (recipe follows)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Grease 12-cup fluted tube pan.
  2. Mix together hot roll mix including yeast packet, sugar and cinnamon in large bowl until well combined. Stir in hot water, margarine, eggs and almond extract until well blended. Fold in 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, apple and almonds. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place (80° to 85°F. / 25°C to 30°C) 1 hour or until doubled in size. (The dough will not fill the pan.)
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake in center of oven 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven to wire rack; cool 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool 10 minutes. Brush warm cake with Apple Glaze. Cool completely.
  4. Place remaining 1/2 cup chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Using fork, drizzle melted chips over cake. Cut into wedges to serve.

Makes 10 servings.

Apple Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup apple juice and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.