Grandma’s Apple Dessert Recipe or “Platz”

Grandma’s Apple Dessert Recipe, known as Platz, is  a super simple and easy German, dessert that is straight from Grandmas Kitchen. It’s sweet, buttery and delicious! You can even change it up to use whatever fruit you have on hand.

Grandma's Apple Platz - A quick and easy dessert to feed a crowd - Food Faith Fitness

You want to know what always befuzzles me?

Why you Americans call the shoes that you are active in “sneakers”. YOU DON’T SNEAK IN THEM.

In Canada, we call them “runners.” You run in them. It makes sense. Sneakers doesn’t.

Unless you’re training to be a ninja. Then “sneakers” is acceptable.

Grandma's Apple Platz - A quick and easy dessert to feed a crowd - Food Faith Fitness

I actually didn’t even mean to talk about runners and sneakers. It just kind of…happened. Like a lot of things I write about.

I was actually going to talk about the befuzzling fact that anything baked by a Grandma is always magically delicious!

A Lucky Charms commercial just came on TV…if you didn’t guess. It’s also almost St. Patricks day. So, there’s that.


Grandma's Apple Platz - A quick and easy dessert to feed a crowd - Food Faith Fitness

Grandma baking. How do they do it? Do you learn the secrets once you reach G-ma hood? Is it something that was only taught back in zee Old Country where they had to walk up hill to school, both ways, WITH NO SHOES?

If it’s the former…I am rethinking the whole waiting for little FFF’s…so I can speed up the unlock-age of the baking secrets. If it’s the last? Um. I’m inventing a time machine? Look for the how-to on the blog soon! Except don’t. I can’t even divide numbers anymore. A time machine? Ya. Not happening. Ever. 

Grandma's Apple Platz - A quick and easy dessert to feed a crowd - Food Faith Fitness

If you remember, a couple weeks back, I made some Chicken Zoodle Soup in honour of my Grandma being here from Canada to visit for a week! She actually brought me this SUPER OLD cookbook filled with all these ah-may-zing German/Mennonite (my background) recipes of all the food that I grew up eating, but didn’t know how to make. You may or may not be seeing these recipes appear in the future.

OOooOoo foreshadowing.

One of the days that my G-ma was here, we had a good ol’ baking day – just like we used to when I was a wee little tyke. It was SO hard to choose which recipe to expose you guys to first because, well, Germans? They make GOOD FOOD. How-ev-er, I decided that I wanted to show you guys the dessert that is at EVERY single family function that I have ever attended in my 23 years of life on this earth; Platz.

Grandma's Apple Platz - A quick and easy dessert to feed a crowd - Food Faith Fitness

Quick pronounciation lesson. It’s pl-aww-ts. Like “awww, what what a cute puppy!” Not pl-ahhh-tz like “ahhh, that’s one big dog and it’s going to bite me if I pet it!” Do you feel knowledgeable now?

The beauty of this recipe is that it is insanely easy AND customizable. Don’t like apples? Throw in another kind of fruit! For our family gatherings, Grandma always made half plum platz and half rhubarb. Yumyumyum.

You can also use entirely all purpose flour, as that is how grandma always made it…but I had to give it a LITTLE “Taylor-i-fying” and we used half all purpose and half whole wheat pastry flour. It tastes JUST as good half/half as entirely all purpose, in my opinion! It’s still buttery and crunchy and sweet and….my childhood in a 9×13.

Grandma's Apple Platz - A quick and easy dessert to feed a crowd - Food Faith Fitness

I bet you even have all the ingredients in your pantry.

So why are you still reading?

Try something new. Eat platz. Love platz. And then be excited because you’ll be getting alllll of the good, German recipes coming to a blog near you.

So, this blog.


P.s My Grandma? She’s adorbs.

3.5 from 2 reviews
Grandma's Apple Platz
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Serves: 12-16
  • For the Crust:
  • 1 Cup Whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Milk (we used 1%)
  • 4 Tbsp Butter, at room temperature
  • For the topping:
  • 2 Small apples
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup All purpose flour
  • 3/4 -1 Cup Whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 Cup Butter at room temperature
  1. Begin by making the crust:
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Into a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
  4. Rub in the butter until you have fine crumbs.
  5. In a separate measuring cup, measure the milk and then beat the egg into the milk.
  6. Stir the egg/milk mixture into the flour mixture and mix until well combined and a dough forms.
  7. Roll the dough out on a floured counter top to fit the 9x13 pan, and place into the prepared pan, pressing the dough around the pan to make an edge. *
  8. Slice each apple into 16 chunks (quarter it, and slice each quarter into 4) and spread evenly over top of the crust. Set aside.
  9. Make the crumbs:
  10. Mix together the sugar and flour and then rub in the butter to make coarse crumbs. **
  11. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the apples and then bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crunchy.
  12. Devour!
* You will have leftover dough. I tried to get the recipe to be the perfect amount but Grandma said it was too hard to get the proportions right. You will use a little over 1/2 - 3/4 of the crust dough. Grandma recommends freezing the rest and making another smaller platz :)

** We used about 1 3/4 cup flour. Start with 1 1/2 and see how your crumbs feel. They should not form one big ball, but should be slightly dry and be easy to crumble.

Grandma's Apple Platz - A quick and easy dessert to feed a crowd - Food Faith Fitness

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  1. says

    Grandma recipes are the best! I loved “baking day” when I was little, especially when it was before Christmas and we could make fudge and baklava and all of those yummy treats…So important to keep the recipes in the family :)

  2. says

    In Sri Lanka, we used to call “runners” aka “sneakers” – tennis shoes! Funny thing was we didn’t play a lot of tennis there – a lot of racquetball and a lot of cricket but not tennis – go figure huh!

    Getting back to your Grandma’s platz, Taylor it sounds wonderful – almost like a apple pie with a streusel-like-ish topping! Yall had this for dessert? Would it be crazy to have this for breakfast?
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Tate says

      Haha that is so bizarre! Shoe names are the weirdest!
      Exactly like that! We had this for dessert always…..BUT I am LOVING your breakfast idea!
      Right back at ya pretty lady :)

  3. Sara says

    This looks so great; seems super easy to sub in seasonal fruits too. The grocery store apples aren’t great this time of year.
    Also, regarding sneakers, it makes no sense to me either. In my neck of the woods they are “gym shoes.”

  4. says

    Your grandma is tots adorbs. Don’t you just love all grandma recipes?! I wish I could bake like both of my grandma’s…I didn’t get that gene. Total bummer.
    This reminds me of every holiday time, I watch my Mom make Povitica…Croatian Nut Bread. Ugh so good and so not good for you waist. But when it’s made you just gorge yourself with it!

    • Tate says

      Me too! Lets just pray that it comes with age girl
      I have no idea what that is, but it should stay that way if I wanna fit into my skinnies! Sometimes you just gotta though!

  5. says

    Love your post about Runners and Sneakers .. I know what you mean, I used to live in USA, now I am in Canada. I also remember this apple platz from Europe:) I was born and raised there.. so similar cakes we made:) Delicious!

  6. says

    Awww I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting some more (rather impatiently, I might add) for a story about your grandma’s visit to show up on your blog!! Especially after that adorable Instagram picture from picking her up from the airport. How could I NOT love both of you?? :) So I have never heard of Platz before, probably because all of my grandparents grew up on farms in the midwest, but I’ve been practicing saying it the entire time while reading your post so I can pronounce it correctly when I see you in 2 months. Literally 2 months!!! WHEEE!!! (Sorry, slight tangent. But I’m excited.) It looks fabulous!!

    P.S. Are you really 23??

    • Tate says

      Haha I held out JUST FOR YOU. Cause I’m a mean person like that.
      Ohmygosh you are hilarious..that better be the first thing you say to me girl!
      I am seriously excited too! And, yes the big 2-3! :)

      • says

        I just practiced. Again. Because I want to make the best first impression I can. I want you to like me! :) Ohmygoodness. This twins-separated-at-birth theory just keeps getting better and better… I’m the same age!

        • Tate says

          haha giiirrrrll, I already love you! And your awesome banana trip!
          SERIOUSLY?! ok..yep…we’re twins. That’s final!

  7. says

    Aww, your gma is so adorbs! And so great that you are sharing her recipes on the blog! This looks amazing!! All that crumb topping – yum!! I have never heard the word Platz before, so thanks for the pronunciation education! Definitely adding that one to my vocabulary and my “to make” list!

  8. says

    This looks really tasty! That’s so cool that you have recipes passed down to you from your grandma. One of my grandmas is German as well, but she never really enjoyed cooking or baking, and so unfortunately I don’t think there are any recipes to be handed down from that side of the family. Also, I had never thought about how weird it was that we call them “sneakers”! To be fair, I usually just call mine “running shoes,” but I did grow up calling them “sneakers.” How odd!

    • Tate says

      A grama that didn’t enjoy cooking or baking? That is tragic! Well I hope you can get some grama love through this CakePants!
      Isn’t it weird when you think about it?! Makes no sense!

  9. says

    ..Or like trainers as we say in the UK because you train in them! This is my kind of desert- I love anything with cooked apples, it’s so nice using recipes that have been handed down from older generations isn’t it? I feel like I am keeping a recipe alive when I use it :)

    • Tate says

      I’ve heard that term….that makes sense! Cooked apples are one of my favs too :) And, I agree! It makes it test better knowing that 😀

  10. says

    I love everything about this post – you actually made me laugh out loud! I can’t wait to make this (looks amazzingg) and how did I not know you were a fellow Canadian? 😀 Haha, in Toronto, where I grew up, we call runners “kicks’ haha! And your grandma is adorable!!

    • Tate says

      Thanks Ceara!
      Ya girl, born and raised in Vancouver! Moved to Florida when I married my American hubby :)
      Kicks? I like it!

  11. says

    Your grandma is so cute!! I love that you had a baking day! That is so much fun – and so special!!

    Oh – and it’s totally magic. My grandma is the exact same way. She’s 86 years old (and the cutest little thing you ever did see!) and anything she bakes is magically wonderful. Her food just tastes better.

    I’ve never tried a pl-awwww-tz. But I super want to. With apples. And then one with berries. YUM! Oh! Peaches! I see a lot of this in my future! :)

    How about that kuchen recipe also on that page?? Gonna share that one, too???

    • Taylor Kiser says

      86 eh? Wow! It’s totally crazy, I don’t know how they do it! I hope one day I have that gift!
      Oh man…berry or peach platz would be divine!!
      Haha…maybe one day girlfriend 😉

  12. Paula says

    I am from USA too and i have heard them called sneakers and gym shoes but we always called them tennis shoes too.

  13. Heidi says

    I made this with fresh plums my German friends loved it reminded us of Germany I will make it again this weekend .

  14. G. Allen says

    The word “sneaker” is often attributed to Henry Nelson McKinney, an advertising agent for N. W. Ayer & Son, who, in 1917, coined the term because the rubber sole made the shoe stealthy. The word was already in use at least as early as 1887, as the Boston Journal made reference to “sneakers” as “the name boys give to tennis shoes.” The name “sneakers” originally referred to how quiet the rubber soles were on the ground, in contrast to noisy standard hard leather soled dress shoes. Someone wearing sneakers could “sneak up” on you while someone wearing standards could not.

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