You know that moment when your boyfriend’s parents or your parents, or friends who want to congratulate your with belated birthday, anniversary or someone else, unexpectedly calls you up on the weekend and tell you they will drop by later for a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon, and your fridge is half-empty and you have no desire to slave in the kitchen? Or if you’re feeling extremely lazy and craving some home-made dessert? Or if you have too many apples that your grandma gave you from her own garden? Well, or any other situation, when you have in your possession apples, some flour, couple of eggs and some sugar, and 10 min of your time.
This is the easiest and fastest recipe in the world. And I absolutely love the taste and so will you!!!
I have sentimental memories about Sharlotka pie, and, to be honest, I only recently found out that it is a traditional Polish Apple Pie. I used to think that it simplest version came from Soviet Union due to lack of variety of foods etc.
My mom is an excellent cook when it comes to pastas, meats, lasagna, soups, salads, and of the healthy and not-so-healthy variations of the above, but (!) any kind of dessert-making is not her “piece of cake” :) And so then I was 5 or 6 years old and was begging her to bake something together (I loved baking from very early age), she called her mom and asked for a detailed recipe to make Sharlotka pie. We spend so much time with her preparing for what we thought would be “historical moment”. After we took it out of the oven I tasted the first piece and told mom it was delicious (I guess, I didn’t care so much for the taste back then). My mom tasted a piece too and threw the whole pie out to the garbage. It was awful tasting. After that incident we had a joke in the family for long time – when she’d ask what we wanted for dinner, we’d say “anything, but Sharlotka!!!” I wish I could go back in time to bake this easy apple pie with mom now, and actually next time I visit her, I’ll convince her to try it one more time with me :)
- 5 apples
- 3 large or 4 medium eggs
- 0,5 cup + 1 tbsp of brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1/4 cup of ground almonds (optional)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Your basic and quickest recipe will consist of apples, flour, eggs and sugar, but it would be a rather plain-tasting pie. So we’re adding the rest of the ingredients (if available in your kitchen) to get a more interesting nutty-spicy-sweet taste. Apples should be firm and react well to baking and also not too sweet. Maybe you already have you favourite sorts of apple for baking (if yes, please share with me :), if not, that you should pick the ones like golden delicious, granny smith, gala or maybe some resembling local sorts of apples.
Preheat oven to 180C/350F, lightly grease or spray your baking pan or use a nonstick pan.
Peel the apples, cut in half, clean the middle and slice it. I like apple pies that have more apples than batter, so 5 large apples would be perfect for this recipe. Sprinkle cinnamon, ginger powder and 1 tbsp of brown sugar over your sliced apples and rub it together. Sprinkle some lemon juice over it, so apple slices would not turn brown before baking, and set aside.
Using a blender or mixer beat up the eggs, add brown sugar and beat again until the mixture is well-blended and has an even light colour. Feel free to adjust the sugar for your taste – I baked it once with 1 cup of sugar and it was too-sweet-to-eat, so I cut back to half a cup and it turned out nicely every time with different apple sorts.
Now, about the flour mixture – you can either use 1 cup of flour, or use 3/4 cup instead and substitute the rest with ground almonds. I try to use substitutions for flour, butter, sugar etc when possible to make the recipes a bit more healthier and also I like the hint of almond flavour in the pie.
Whatever you choose, sift flour mix to eggs & sugar combination and blend well. Now you can add half cup of finely chopped walnuts or pecans if you wish.
Pour 1/4 of the batter inside of your baking pan, then evenly lay all of the apple slices and pour the rest of the batter on top of it. The batter will be thin enough to spread evenly in the pan. Take your pan now and gently hit it couple of times against the table to get rid of any space between apple slices and let the batter spread even better.
Bake for 35-40 min in the oven, until the top of the pie turns golden-brown and toothpick comes out clean. Decorate with icing sugar if desired. Let cool for 15-20 min before taking it out of the pan due to gentle texture.
Serve this delicious Szarlotka Apple Pie cold or warm with vanilla ice-cream :)
Enjoy and share your favorite recipes and/or comments with me :)