Ok, “kartoshka” is done and seems like I have time to post this simple but very nice recipe. I know that Americans consider apple pies to be “their” stuff, but this kind of apple pie has been in the menus of Russian families for generations. In Russian the title sounds like “Yablochni pirog” (яблочный пирог, apple pie), another name you could hear is “Sharlotka” (charlotte; this particular recipe is known as Saint Petersburg charlotte). I changed original recipe a little: substituted 2 tablespoons of milk and some baking powder for extra egg, plus added cocoa powder.
So let’s see what do we need:
- Apples. 2 medium-sized Granny Smith would be perfect. Don’t peel them, just cut out the core part and cut the remaining into 3 x 3 x 2 cm pieces (there is no need to measure, of course, I’m just saying that so you don’t slice it too thin). You might also want to try this pie with cherries, forest berries — everything goes as long as it’s sour enough. Sweet fruits do not work for this pie.
- Eggs — 2.
- Milk — 2 tablespoons (or, as you remember, 1 extra egg).
- Sugar — 3/4 cup.
- Flour — 1 cup.
- Melted butter — 1 tablespoon. I usually put vegetable oil instead.
- Baking powder — 3/4 to 1 teaspoon.
- Cocoa powder — 2 full tablespoons.
- Oil or cooking spray to grease 10. 21-24 cm baking pan.
Making the pie is really easy. Basically you just need to mix everything except apples until smooth, and then combine the mixture with apples — in a bowl or in the cooking pan right away. You might want to start from beating eggs nicely and only then adding the remaining components, but it doesn’t really change anything. Do as you want.
Bake the pie for 40 minutes at 175-180 C. You can sprinkle the ready pie with powdered sugar and/or cinnamon.
It’s very simple and the results are more than pleasing. Enjoy!