Sunday, September 29, 2013

Apple Sharlotka

I made this beauty last year during the middle of apple season. An easy but impress-your-friends Apple Sharlotka! It works for dessert. Or breakfast. Or a (several, ahem) snack(s)! Dusted with a little powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream, this sweet treat is a great alternative to the tried-but-true-but-sometimes-boring apple pie.

Apple Sharlotka

butter to grease a 9" springform pan
6 large apples
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
cinnamon and powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line the bottom of a 9" springform pan with a circle of parchment. Butter the sides and bottom.

Peel apples. Cut in half, core and chop into fairly thin (1/4 inch) pieces. Pile into pan.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until thick and ribbons can form on the surface of the eggs. Beat in vanilla, then add flour. Stir gently with a spoon until the batter is just combined. The batter will be thick!

Pour batter over the apples and use a spatula to squish down/spread it into the apples. Smoosh it/press down into the cracks until the batter is level with the apples in the pan.

Bake 55-60 minutes until a tester comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a rack, then flip the cake out onto another rack, take off the parchment and flip onto a serving plate. Dust with cinnamon and powdered sugar when ready to serve. I enjoyed this both warm and chilled :)

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