My German friend told me that his mother would make Apple Sharlotka to serve their relatives. Hmm, I did not know what it was. Mr. Internet knows every answer and it did not disappoint me. It is Russian apple cake. And it’s simple to make, just 5 ingredients. It is soft, airy and balanced with the perfect tartness from the apples. My recipe is from the Smitten Kitchen.
Preheat oven to 170C.
Peel, halve and core the 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 thick and 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 so that it covers all exposed apples. Spread the batter and press it down into the apple pile.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a tester comes out free of batter. 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. Dust lightly with ground cinnamon.
Serve warm or cooled. I skipped the powder sugar as topping.