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Apple Sharlotka (From Russia With Love)

Ingredients

  • 5-6 large apples (I prefer Granny Smith, but any will be great)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 deg F
  • Lightly grease a round or 9x13 pan (I used a 9" springform pan)
  • 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 1/4 inch - in the other direction
  • Layer the apples in the pan. If you wish, sprinkle them lightly with cinnamon, sugar, or a drizzle of lemon juice
  • In a large bowl start whisking together eggs. if using a mixer, do it on low-medium speed.
  • Slowly in a continuous stream introduce sugar. Keep whipping or whisking.
  • Add the vanilla. Then, as slowly, start adding the flour
  • 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)
  • Add the baking soda last and give the batter another swirl
  • Pour over the apples, doing your best to cover them all.
  • Use a spatula to spread where necessary. Don't worry about mixing the layers - the batter will seep into apples on its own
  • Put into the oven and bake until a toothpick comes out dry and clean about 55-60 minutes
  • Serve hot or cold, accompanied by whipped cream, ice-cream or by itself. It is comforting and delicious