Dear friends hosted us for a recent weekend away. They fed us really, really well. One of the standouts from all of the delicious food was an Apple Sharlotka. The recipe came from smitten kitchen's blog. We all agreed it was a recipe to make again, especially as we've started to get into apple season.
Visit Smitten Kitchen's site, http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/01/apple-sharlotka/ for her beautiful photographs of the sharlotka!
- Nonstick spray, for greasing pan
- 6 large, tart apples, such as Granny Smiths
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Ground cinnamon, to finish
- Powdered sugar, to finish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan with parchment paper. Spray the paper and the sides of the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Peel, halve and core your apples, then chop them into medium-sized chunks. Pile the cut apples directly in the prepared pan. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer or whisk, beat eggs with sugar until ribbons form on the surface of the beaten eggs. Beat in vanilla, then stir in flour with a spoon until just combined. The batter will be very thick.
Pour over apples in pan, using a spoon or spatula to spread the batter and press it down so that it covers all exposed apples. The top of the batter should be level with the top of the apples. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on rack, then flip out onto another rack, peel off the parchment paper, and flip it back onto a serving platter.
Serve warm or cooled, dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar.