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We ♥ Fruit - I Say Charlotte, You Say Charlotka

Mar 26, 2013

Apple 'Pie' Doesn't Get Much Easier -

Our friend Luda loves Apples. She grew up in Siberia where her parents grew hardy varieties of Apples in their garden. We had the opportunity to celebrate New Year's Eve 'Russian-style' with Luda and her family and the festivities included a 'Sharlotka', or Charlotte.

Called, a 'pirog', or pie in Russian, this recipe is actually a cake with a light and spongy texture somewhat reminiscent of Angel Food Cake. Typically made with Apples, this recipe can also include other fruits, nuts and berries. It's incredibley quick and easy to prepare - and delicious!

This time of year, we are still enjoying eating fresh Apples stored in our cooler. Many varieties have weeks of storage life left, but as their flesh softens over time, including them in recipes for cakes and baked goods is great way to extend their use in the kitchen.

Apple Charlotte (Sharlotka)

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 Apples, sliced with skin

Variations:

Substitute Pears instead of Apples

1/4 cup chopped Walnuts or Hazelnuts

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup berries (fresh or frozen Blackberries, Blueberries, or Black Currants)

 

Cut 3 apples into thin slices; arrange on the bottom of a lightly oiled baking pan. If including walnuts, berries or cinnamon, mix with apples before arranging in the bottom of the pan.

Beat eggs until foamy then beat in sugar. Stir in flour and baking powder. Pour batter into pan over apple slices.

Bake in preheated oven at 375˚F for 20 - 30 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

 

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