Chef Matt Danko uses his father’s recipe to make sharlotka, a deliciously light and fluffy Russian apple cake.
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4 Granny Smith apples—peeled, cored, quartered and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of kosher salt
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease the bottom and side of an 8-inch springform pan.
In a large bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the sugar and let stand for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the flour with the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the almond extract and the remaining 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar at medium-high speed until thick and pale yellow and a ribbon forms when the beaters are lifted, 8 to 10 minutes. Gently fold in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
Spread the apples in the prepared pan in an even layer, then pour the batter evenly over them. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the batter to sink in a little.
Bake the sharlotka for about 1 hour, until it is golden and crisp on top and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a rack and let rest for 15 minutes. Unmold and transfer to a serving platter. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve warm.
The sharlotka can be made up to 4 hours ahead.
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Review Body: This recipe is really good. The top tastes like merengue.
Review Rating: 5
Date Published: 2016-10-17
Author Name: debbykc
Review Body: just made this cake and it does taste like a meringue!!! easy to prepare (the most difficult part was peeling the apples)....substituted vanilla for the almond extract (husband doesn't like almonds)
voted 'good enough for company'!
Review Rating: 4
Date Published: 2016-11-01
Author Name: zoyabc
Review Body: absolutely delicious. and very good next day, if you have any left that is