Apple Sharlotka (From Russia With Love)

May 26, 2018
Sharlotka (From Russia With Love) - A simple Russian apple cake - aka “A Guest At the Door” since it can be whipped up while guests are taking off their coats at the door

“Don't neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it”    ~ Hebrews 13:2 

Sharlotka (From Russia With Love) - A simple Russian apple cake - aka “A Guest At the Door” since it can be whipped up while guests are taking off their coats at the door

As my friends can attest ..

The doorbell rings and the kitties run for cover, and the puppies bark and I think “Oh dear, I'm really not up for pleasantries at the moment”  So I tiptoe into the bedroom where I can clandestinely peek out the window .. ever so slowly .. so I can see the ringer-of-the-doorbell, but the ringer-of-the doorbell can't see me

It certainly isn't efficient, this screening of solicitors or guarding of my day.  And by now, if you're a neighbor (or the flower delivery man), you've learned it's best to just walk right in and find an open spot on the kitchen counter

I tell myself “It's ok to say now isn't a good time.”  Close the front door, draw the shades, and call it a day.  But for some reason, the tiptoe and peek is what I've resorted to, although I'm pretty sure the gig is up.

What again, was Einstein's definition of insanity?

— —

My tendency to be a recluse is one of the (many) reasons we keep the tradition of Spaghetti Saturdays alive

An ongoing commitment to leaving my front door ajar, in the metaphorical sense.  Not only to welcome friends and family but to extend dinner invitations to people we'd love to know better, or those we've known forever but don't get to see very often

“Stop by.  It's an open invite. Yes, anytime.  Just bring yourselves”

A reminder that that cultivating a network of good people around us is worth the effort.  Sharing a meal, swapping stories, and passing a plate are beautiful things.  No matter if those across the table are similar us, or not.

Everyone is dealing with something.  While we know a friendly face won't solve it all, sometimes a plate of spaghetti and a glass of wine sure can brighten a day

It seems especially true in this weird and wired world.  Where so many of us are floating around relatively alone, seemingly connected, but truly tetherless

Spaghetti Saturdays - A new monthly tradition, on the 3rd Saturday of each month we'll be cooking Spaghetti & Meatballs, for ourselves & the people we love

Admittedly, over the years, the how can still be fuzzy at times.  How to do it?  How to keep the door open amidst busy schedules, last-minute commitments, or all of our quirks?

It's Not About You

Alas, you'd think I'd have this down by now.  Still, there are some Saturdays when the best-laid plans aren't coming to fruition, we're rushing around at the last minute, and someone comes early, just to chat.  In those moments when anxiety is getting the better or me .. I'm reminded

“But I think that what you'll discover more and more as you get older is that most people aren't thinking about you at all”   ~ Haven Kimmel

What are they thinking about?  Themselves (of course).  How they're feeling.  If they're welcomed, happy, and loved.

Forget tidying and offer a hug, your undivided attention, an appetizer or three

 

Don't Fret the Small Stuff

Yep, no one coming to look under the beds.

Our house is relatively clean (loose interpretation), but on any given day there's likely a string of dog bones littering the hallway, clean laundry in a pile in front of the dryer.  A gardening project by the back door, sticky syrup on the counter.  A photo shoot of tonight's dinner scattered between the kitchen and the living room's window

It's a home, not a house.  I keep reminding myself to resist the temptation to apologize for the very things that bring joy to our days

Sharlotka (From Russia With Love) - A simple Russian apple cake - aka “A Guest At the Door” since it can be whipped up while guests are taking off their coats at the door

 

Be Honest

With any large group of people, there will be personalities to navigate.  While we love suggestions about ways to improve, at the end of the day, not everything will work.  Our solution?  We smile sweetly and say

“Here's what we're able to do”

Give yourself permission to set limitations (on either side of the front door)

 

Attitude is Everything

While mostly we serve spaghetti and meatballs, sometimes we venture off the beaten path.  While high hopes abound, it's rarely smooth sailing when we deviate from our tried and true process

There was the time we grilled burgers.  After everyone left, I opened the fridge and realized I'd completely forgotten to set out the potato salad (enough to feed twenty-five!)

Or last weekend, when crepes were on the menu

All was going swimmingly until I cut my finger shortly before everyone was scheduled to arrive.  As the blood kept coming and coming, we debated .. ER/No-ER?  My husband fixed it up, tourniquet-style, found a bottle of ibuprofen, and we slipped off periodically to re-bandage

No one was the wiser and I love him extra for his first-aid skills

Sharlotka (From Russia With Love) - A simple Russian apple cake - aka “A Guest At the Door” since it can be whipped up while guests are taking off their coats at the door

 

Give It A Try

All it takes is one time

Last weekend we extended a couple of new invitations, and they came(!)  Everyone welcomed them with open arms, seats in the middle of the table, and warm conversation.  They were the last to leave

“I can't believe how much fun we had.  So excited for next time!”

I've rarely felt more honored

 

Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself

Mostly I'm proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone.   It's made our lives infinitely richer (and our home infinitely louder)

This week I was surprised to learn my son does the same thing at his house.

I'm giving him time

Turns out it can take years to comprehend the beauty in simply opening your own front door

Sharlotka (From Russia With Love) - A simple Russian apple cake - aka “A Guest At the Door” since it can be whipped up while guests are taking off their coats at the door

Last weekend's crepes were part of a Russian-themed going away party for one of our favorite familiesSharlotka (little Charlotte) is the cake that's made many appearances over the years and I wanted to chronical it as part of our archives

Passed along via many generations of Russian grandmothers, it's one of the first things kids in Russia learn to bake.  Another name for it is “A Guest At the Door” since to total time to make it (start to finish) is about an hour or less.  The kind of thing that's welcoming, comforting, and can be whipped up while guests are taking off their coats at the door

If you can make a batch of cookies, you can make this cake .. in roughly the same amount of steps.  I know some find cakes intimidating, but not this one.  It's essentially cookie dough with proportions of ingredients that make it more of a batter than a dough.  You end up pouring it over a pile of apples that it melds with as it bakes

As you can imagine, the cake smells incredible.  There's nothing like the smell of warm cinnamon in the air and the anticipation of freshly baked apples

Enjoy!

xoxo

~ Adapted from Basil of Love

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Apple Sharlotka (From Russia With Love)
 
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Serves: 8 Servings
Ingredients
  • 5-6 large apples (I prefer Granny Smith or any tangy apples, but any would do)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F
  2. Lightly grease a round or 9x13 pan (I used a 9" springform pan)
  3. Peel, halve and core your apples, then chop them into medium-sized chunks. I followed Deb at Smitten Kitchen's lead and cut half into four "strips" then sliced them fairly thin - about ¼ inch - in the other direction
  4. Layer the apples in the pan. If you wish, sprinkle them lightly with cinnamon, sugar, or a drizzle of lemon juice
  5. In a large bowl start whisking together eggs. if using a mixer, do it on low-medium speed.
  6. Slowly in a continuous stream introduce sugar.
  7. Keep whipping or whisking.
  8. Add the vanilla
  9. Then, as slowly, start adding the flour
  10. This could be a little challenging, so I use a tablespoon, sprinkling flour in a thin layer on the surface of the batter as I mix it. (The batter should be the consistency of yogurt - soft enough to pour, but not watery)
  11. Add the baking soda last and give the batter another swirl
  12. Pour over the apples, doing your best to cover them all.
  13. Use a spatula to spread where necessary. Don't worry about mixing the layers - the batter will seep into apples on its own
  14. Put into the oven and bake until a toothpick comes out dry and clean about 55-60 minutes
  15. Serve hot or cold, accompanied by whipped cream, ice-cream or by itself. It is comforting and delicious
Notes
For the cupcake version: inlay the cupcake form with papers, layer apples on the bottom and pour batter to fill about a little over half. Bake until ready for 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛ Total Recipe Calories: 250 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 55 g Sugar: 39 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 4 g
 

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74 Comments

  • Reply Mike May 28, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    This looks amazing again. You always have the best recipes and amazing photos of your food.

  • Reply Sigrid Says May 28, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    hahahaha That’s okay. I’m pretty crazy, too. There are days that I would like to pretend that I am not here. There are times that I just force myself because I need to face people. Sometimes I regret it, sometimes I don’t.

    Anyway, that apple sharlotka looks good. I wonder how it tastes…I can only imagine. hahaha

  • Reply Brooke May 29, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Dessert?? Tonight this is called Dinner. Problem solved.

  • Reply Wendy May 29, 2018 at 7:04 am

    I had no idea about your Russian connection!
    Sharlotka, indeed, is considered a “gateway to baking” for every new cook, so easy and inexpensive it is (even if one makes a mistake and completely ruin it, the cost of few apples and a cup of sugar is not a big deal – compared to a layered chocolate cake, for instance). It is also usually made in the Fall, when apple harvest is in – but popular in the Winter, too, as apples are local and traditionally available in Winter.
    There are many variations of the recipe; some ask for separation of egg yolks and whites and whisking the white with sugar first before mixing them with yolks+sugar – like for a pound cake. Some start with making a caramel and pouring to the bottom of the springform. Or instead of apples using strawberries.

  • Reply Anosa May 29, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I can often do the same – sneaking a peek around the curtain to see who it is at my door – sometimes it just has to be done and you just don’t want to face certain people. This apple sharlotka looks absolutely delicious, I’d love a slice!

  • Reply Melanie May 29, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Sounds like you need to install a camera system outside your front door. The apple cake sounds lovely, I make something similar with cinnamon and apple and that works very well too.

  • Reply Ana De-Jesus May 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I have to say I am the same as well, I am naturally inclined to be somewhat of a recluse which is why I force myself to see friends or loved ones nearly every day so that I create a good network of people, but also because companionship is good for your mental health as well. And speaking of mental health, stuffing my face with cake is one of my favourite ways to combat the blues. This apple sharlotka looks like it was made for my tummy. I would eat it all in one sitting I think haha.

  • Reply Amalia Silva May 29, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Attitude is so important these days and really missed by a lot of people! Love the apple tart, will make it myself for my upcoming garden party!

  • Reply Laura Dove May 29, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Haha I am the same too! I rarely answer the door in the day, that’s my time for me! This looks soooo good though, I love anything with apple. I may have to try it!

  • Reply Di Hickman May 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Love the sentiment of it being a home not a house. I always say this when I see friends with immaculate houses. We truly LIVE in ours! All are welcome but take us as we are!

  • Reply Dogvills May 29, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I rarely entertain guests at home, not because I am an introvert, but because my husband has chronic back pain which limits his mobility. I would love to try that recipe for apple sharlotka. Looks really delicious!

  • Reply Mimi May 30, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Yum reminds me of a cake in Dorie’s Around My French Table…. guess there really are no boundaries in sharing foods between countries. Looks scrumptious. I’m sure it is.

  • Reply Helen May 30, 2018 at 2:23 am

    This looks so great! My husband loves fruit-based desserts with a substantially higher ratio of fruit to other ingredients so we very often end up making an apple crisp (or similar) for dessert. This looks like it would be a nice switch up, I’ll have to give it a try soon! 🙂

  • Reply Leigh Travers May 30, 2018 at 2:52 am

    I’m often the same and sometimes just ignore the doorbell if I’m not expecting someone. This apple sharlotka looks delicious but unfortunately I won’t be able to recreate it as I’m vegan.

  • Reply Victoria May 30, 2018 at 5:44 am

    So interesting! my grandmother makes this, but she calls it apple crisp, and I had no idea that it was a real thing that other people make too…it’s really nice to know that it’s called sharlotka. Thank you! 😀

  • Reply Dalene Ekirapa May 30, 2018 at 7:17 am

    I’m enjoying a warm slice with a dollop of creme fraiche right now. This is terrific and so easy to make! Thanks!

  • Reply Nisha May 30, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks so delicious. I understand and I do that too 😅😅😅 sometimes you just don’t want to face certain people.

  • Reply Autumn May 30, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I’ve just pulled this out of the oven… it’s not what I was expecting! It’s a bit crunchy and almost like meringue on the top, but looks to be a little softer in the middle. I’m waiting impatiently for it to cool so I can take it out of the pan and devour it.

  • Reply Azlin Bloor May 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    It’s amazing (and sad) that it is incredibly easy to become a recluse! But sometimes, it does seem like I seem to be doing all the invites! I’m at that stage where I invite one or two new faces each time just to broaden my circle. Which is handy when you homeschool.
    I love this Russian apple cake, any cake with apples in it and I’m sold!

  • Reply Lynne Harper May 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    My Estonian grandmother made this! I always called it magical Estonian apple cake because it does seem like too much fruit and too many eggs…It makes a cake by magic! I was overcome with a craving for it this fall and spent some time perfecting a gluten-free version. I have also made it with pears and it is so delicious! It is so lovely to read all of these comments and realize what a beloved and common cake this is in Eastern Europe. 🙂

  • Reply Natalie May 30, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    This is lovely. I am anxious to try it. It reminds me of the French Apple cake in Dorrie Greenspan’s book. Marie Helen’s cake, which is also lovely. It is very good. This is just as good too I bet. Well, we will look forward to it at our house this weekend.

  • Reply Iya - Louisa May 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    This had my mouth watering from the first picture! I love how its just so simple and not a massive list of ingredients! All things I already have! shall be making this.

  • Reply Jessica Joachim May 30, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love Apple anything, and I always love finding new ways to use it and cook with it!

  • Reply Maggie May 30, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    This looks delicious. I’ve never heard of a sharlotka before, but it does look quite similar to an apple cake thing my old German teacher made.

  • Reply Jessie May 30, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Are you inside my head? I could never bear a day without something a bit sweet. Ever! It’s my lifeline. I was going to tell you too that I had a Russian client years ago who fed me weekly as she believed I was very deprived of the delicious meals she grew up with 🙂

  • Reply Laura May 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Ohh this traditional apple style pie/tart looks delicious. I love apples in anything and this looks like real comfort/family/social food and treat, thanks for sharing

    Laura x

  • Reply HilLesha May 30, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    This looks awesome. I’ve never heard of this before, but I’m going to try it for sure. I love that you use tart apples, it sounds delicious. I make an apple dutch baby, which is what this reminds me of, but I LOVE how many apples are in this 🙂

  • Reply Gabby May 30, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    This will be my first introduction to Russian food (unless you count pierogis at Veselka’s, but I guess that’s a Ukrainian restaurant, and I didn’t cook those, only ate them). Anyway, looks delicious!

  • Reply Yuli May 31, 2018 at 12:12 am

    😫 I want an invitation ! 😋 I LOVED reading this 🙂 So rare to see such open arms and omg that looks soooo delicious. Bookmarked. ♥️

  • Reply Hannah May 31, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Oh this look’s absolutely delicious! I love that there aren’t many ingredients too x

  • Reply Jennifer L May 31, 2018 at 1:58 am

    I could so relate to tiptoeing to see who is at the front door. I’ve been caught a few times and its usually me trying to close the curtain quickly lol. I love the spaghetti and meatball night you do, would actually love to do something similar someday. There’s something beautiful in breaking bread with a friend, a family member or even a neighbor. Btw the Apple Sharlotka looks so good!

  • Reply Chinedu May 31, 2018 at 2:30 am

    That apple sharlotka looks delicious! This post is wonderful! Hospitality is a skill i think this generation is lacking in. No-one wants to accommodate or entertain anyone…everything is “effort”. I am encouraged by this post – being honest, setting limitations and not being too harsh on yourself. Everything doesn’t have to perfect, just inviting and friendly.

  • Reply Aditi May 31, 2018 at 3:34 am

    That looks like a very delicious recipe! I have some apples lying around my kitchen and this recipe looks like I can put them to good use. Though I’m not sure when can I get back to baking, but I’m definitely saving this recipe for whenever I can.

  • Reply Louise May 31, 2018 at 6:23 am

    As a big fan of fruit-based desserts, I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Apple Sharlotka before! It sounds like an absolutely delicious recipe as well. You’ve certainly got my taste buds a-tingling 🙂

    Louise x

  • Reply Liza May 31, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Thrilled to see a Russian recipe! Looks so delicious!

  • Reply Janie May 31, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Do you think it would work with pears? I have a ton of pears begging for attention …

  • Reply Lauretta at Home and Horizon May 31, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Oh my goodness! Apple Sharlotka looks so delicious! I have to try making this. Anything with apple is perfect!

  • Reply Jessica May 31, 2018 at 8:09 am

    This recipe looks amazing! My family always told me, “We are coming to visit you, not your home.” Although, that has helped me settle some, there are times where you feel that your home isn’t pulled together enough. We do just need to live in the now, and be happy with how things are. It’s life!

  • Reply Anna May 31, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Being Russian, I can honestly tell you that practically every Russian woman has her own recipe of sharlotka (and btw, in Russian “apple sharlotka” sounds like “chocolate brownies” in English, not really necessary). For example, my mother always adds baking soda and lemon zest to the batter, my grandmother used to mix a cake batter very like a classic sponge cake, and in general, I have never eaten a sharlotka with apples chopped so small, though it does look pretty. 🙂 In fact, the sharlotka I’m used to is very similar to your recipe of your mother’s apple cake, just without the cinnamon.

  • Reply Laura May 31, 2018 at 10:57 am

    And here I thought it was just me that snuck a peek when the doorbell rings! lol… so happy to hear I’m not alone in my crazy little world. As always, your recipe looks incredible and I’ll def be trying this one!

  • Reply Geraline May 31, 2018 at 11:21 am

    No way! I live for my apple peeler/corer thing! You have to make sure the peeler part is at the right springy-ness but that thing has seriously quadrupled my apple intake.

    This cake is beautiful. It makes me wish I had a Russian friend!

  • Reply Mellissa Williams May 31, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I’ve never had Apple Sharlotka, yours looks incredible! I do find I can be a bit of a recluse myself so I try to break out of my comfort zone and attend events and things that I may not otherwise if it wasn’t for the blog.

  • Reply Cia Black May 31, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Who isn’t this way is the real question. I think it’s apart of everyone in some form. Loved the recipe, It looks a lot like an apple version of Marcella Hazan’s “Farm Wife’s Fresh Pear Tart”—also made mostly of chopped fruit with a relatively unrich batter poured over, but with the addition of bread crumbs coating the pan, which cook up to this crispy texture that is just amazing.

  • Reply Michele Dennis May 31, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I am so glad to know that I am not the only one who “screens” my front door…lol. I too am a bit of a recluse and often find people to be exhausting… However, we do have weekly get togethers with our now adult children and the in-laws. For our Family Funday Sunday’s we either get together at our house for dinner and a movie or we all meet up at a local restaurant. I love the idea of Spaghetti Saturday’s to include friends though! I have never heard of Apple Sharlotka… It looks and sounds delicious! I wonder if gluten free substitutions would do this recipe justice?

  • Reply Holly Hood May 31, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Yummy this looks really great. Your recipes are always yummy looking. I will give this a try.

  • Reply David Allen Elliott May 31, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I definitely understand those days not wanting to do anything whether it be to leave the house or respond to anyone coming. Some days i think we are just meant to take away from the world. But it’s weird constantly being connected through media and yet disconnected in so many other ways. It’s so great you have been able to keep up with Saturdays of Spaghetti. And it’s more awesome your husband was able to do that bandaging on the fly. I am very impressed. As for the cake. Wow! Looks amazing. But apple anything sounds amazing to me. It’s why I love to go apple picking with my daughter every year. Hope you are having an amazing week and have a great weekend in store for you.

  • Reply Tia May 31, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I think I might have to make this tonight. We only have sweet apples, but we have many underripe pears. Maybe a combo of the two?

  • Reply Sara May 31, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I’m already anticipating that when I make it, some other kinds of fruit will find their way in there, due to the fact that my kids snarf the apples off the counter just after I buy them…

  • Reply Katie May 31, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Spaghetti Saturdays sound like just a great idea for spreading the love and I love your recipe of Apple Sharlotka, can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply Dee June 1, 2018 at 1:12 am

    I used to be a fan of big gatherings but now I just prefer meeting the closes friends which I know they won’t judge me or be nasty in any way. And the fun is guaranteed. Your recipe for Sharlotka is really interesting. I always thought this is a Polish cake, as my mum alway made it for us. The recipe was slightly different, but it was the favourite dessert, especially when served with an ice cream

  • Reply Bethany June 1, 2018 at 1:23 am

    I had big plans to bake Joann Chang’s Apple Snacking Cake (from Flour Bakery), but now you show me this recipe??? And it involves 12 fewer Tablespoons of butter than my original plan…

    What a decision I have to make now.

    Looks delicious! 🙂

  • Reply Nayna Kanabar June 1, 2018 at 4:22 am

    I love the sound of spaghetti Saturday . There is nothing better than sharing food with family and friends. I love this cake too , apples are lovely in cakes.

  • Reply Carol Cassara June 1, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Beautifully said. I sometimes hide from the world as well and dread that knock on the door. But the sooner we open the door, the better it becomes. It’s really important that you enjoy it and not be too hard on yourself or your home. I love the idea of Spaghetti Saturdays and I’d love to make that a tradition where we live. I’m sure the husband would approve. This recipe is so lovely!

  • Reply London Mumma June 1, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Oh my gosh, I am not alone! There are times I just can not bear to face people, with busy work parenting life, I find myself just needing a little rest at home.

  • Reply Elizabeth O June 1, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I really enjoy reading about spaghetti Saturdays and I think it is such an awesome idea. It also can help you not to become fully a recluse. It sounds like you have a lot of fun. The pie looks incredible too.

  • Reply Chef Mireille June 1, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Apples will forever be my favorite fruit and it’s always a delight to find new ways to use them. This looks particularly amazing, I can’t wait to give it a go.

  • Reply Mayuri June 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Apple Sharlotka looks so beautiful and grandma recipes are always the best. I love any recipes with cooked apples in them. I too tend to be a bit of a recluse, like my time and space but occasionally make an effort to meet up with friends.That’s one of the reasons I like being a member of a charity club.. gets me to to meet people and socialize with members. I think things would probably would have been different if I had family in the same town.

  • Reply GiGi Eats June 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    This reminds me of when I used to live at home and my dad would always make apple tarts. They smelled so so so so so good, and would always make me drool. Sadly, I could never eat them because I have so many food allergies, but man, I would buy a candle that smelled like this pie for sure! LOL!

  • Reply Kara June 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Mine is also a relatively clean house but there is always stuff lying around! This reminds me of the best apple dessert I have ever eaten, called Apple Pie Pudding, from the classic New York Times Heritage Cookbook. I like calling it Sharlotka better! ;-))

  • Reply Luci June 1, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    OMG, this looks so delicious. It’s the it is somewhat guilt free because its full of apples and don’t have a crust. Will make this for my niece and nephews because I know they will like it.

  • Reply Alice Megan June 1, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I’m so glad it’s not just me – being sociable is exhausting!
    But if you’re baking this then expect many knocks at the door

  • Reply Meagan June 1, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I had to laugh at the loose interpretation of a clean house with puupy bones around. We have bones and pieces of string from his chew toys everywhere even after I try to clean. This apple recipe sounds amazing.

  • Reply Deb June 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve always told anyone who will listen that my favorite food is the apple, in any form. This looks like a thicker version of Dorie Greenspan’s (though I found it on David Lebovitz’s site) french apple cake, though hers has butter and the addition of a few tablespoons of rum. Definitely going to try this also!

  • Reply Diana June 1, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Ohh this is awesome. My dad is Polish/Russian and I remember (like it was yesterday) that my grandma used to make Sharlotka for us. It’s such a delicious cake and now I can make my own – thanks for that! Have a great weekend, Ali. xo

  • Reply Rima June 2, 2018 at 1:40 am

    This is my childhood cake. My mom wasn’t the best cook or a baker, but this one she used to whip up in a minute! It was amazing, great recipe. I am making it now, for my own family!

  • Reply Jackie June 2, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I love the sound of this apple cake and the Spaghetti Saturdays are the best idea! Actually, this reminds me of strawberry summer cake (a la Martha Stewart) you wrote about last spring, for some reason. Maybe it’s the cakey fruitiness of them both. Or maybe it’s that I can probably actually bake this, too, since I can’t really bake but I can make the summer cake.

  • Reply Linda June 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I’m intrigued – I love not-too-sweet desserts. And apples. I like butter too, but I guess I can try to make something without it every once in awhile…

  • Reply Casey June 2, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Personally, I think that this dessert is mostly apples, so it pretty much should just be called “fruit” 🙂 I love getting recipes from friends and family, it makes them so much more special!

  • Reply Claire June 2, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    This cake was perfect! I made it for book club and everyone raved about it!

    PS, I would be the same with the window and the curtain!
    Luckily we live in the middle of no where and anyone visiting our house has to travel quite some distance, so I am usually safe from impromptu visitors!

  • Reply Stephanie June 2, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Interesting. I’ve never heard of a Sharlotka. Looks gorgeous though and such a small ingredient list. LOVE! 😀

  • Reply Bogna June 2, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Polish also consider Sharlotka a very Polish cake. There is a great variety of apple cakes in Poland, but only one of them is called Sharlotka. As you said, it is more of an apple mousse with grated apple chunks baked between two layers of shortcrust. Your Sharlotka looks very good and I am sure it is delicious as well.

    Bogna

  • Reply JoAnne June 3, 2018 at 11:53 am

    The cake looks good.. but I just have to mention that as I’m writing I’m enjoying a DELICIOUS ginger apricot cookie that I found in your archives. It’s stinkin’ hot in North Carolina also, but never too hot for cookies! As long as the air conditioning is on full blast in the kitchen…I’ve been following your blog for a while and loving it…

  • Reply Ali - We Made This Life June 10, 2018 at 1:30 am

    This looks delicious! I think you’ve inspired me to open an invite to people to come over for dinner soon. I need to remember it doesn’t need to be perfect!

  • Reply Blair June 20, 2018 at 12:30 am

    These cookies look great, but your writing, as always, is the real reason I read your blog. Beautiful.

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