5-6large apples(I prefer Granny Smith, but any will be great)
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