A sharlotka is a traditional Russian dessert – their version of an apple pie, though it’s not very pie-like. The closest thing I had ever made was a clafoutis but even that is not a great comparison. If I had to file this in a dessert sub-category I suppose I would choose “cakes & pies”.
Last month a friend of mine described to me the version that she makes for the holidays every year; an old family recipe. I decided to create my own recipe for a sharlotka as a Valentine’s treat for my family.
Recipe from Handmade By Tracie
3 Granny Smith Apples
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Flour
Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 350*F. Peel and chop the apples and set aside.
Cream the sugar and egg together with an electric beater. Mix in the vanilla. Mix in the flour and cinnamon.
Line the bottom of a springform pan with parchment paper. Using butter, grease the paper well along with the sides of the pan.
Add the apples to the pan. Spoon the batter over top of the apples and press it down a little so it settles.
Bake in a 350* oven until cake tester comes out clean, approximately 50 minutes. Keep an eye on it as it’s easy to over-cook!
Let cool. Remove from springform pan. Sprinkle top with powdered sugar and cinnamon if desired.
I imagine this would be delicious served warm with some vanilla ice cream!