Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Food Files

Oh my, oh my. This recipe for Apple Sharlotka from Smitten Kitchen is amazing! and simple! and I' m saying it again, amazing! I ate this for dessert, then snack, then in the morning, then another snack until the whole thing was gone! Thank goodness I made it for company so I didn't gobble it up all on my own.

Apple Sharlotka (from Smitten Kitchen)
  • Butter or nonstick spray, for greasing pan
  • 6 large, tart apples, such as Granny Smiths
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • Ground cinnamon, to finish
  • Powdered sugar,  to finish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter the paper and the sides of the pan. Peel, halve and core your apples, then chop them into medium-sized chunks. (The nicer you cut the pieces the nicer the slices will look.) 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. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 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, dusted with powdered sugar.

** I made this cake for company, so it was dark when the cake was finished. I took this picture with a bounce flash so the quality isn't top marks. The shot above was taken the next morning before I had cake for breakfast. Same spot on the table, but this time all natural light.

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  1. A bounce flash? Sophisticated!
    Love the Smitten Kitchen blog. Crazy how she makes all the food look so good when she uses the same spot and the same angle for her shots.

  2. Your delicious food photos aren't helping my New Year's resolution to quit desserts. Darn you, Giulia!

    1. look at it as breakfast, or a snack made of apples? It's just one cup of sugar for the whole cake, so not too bad, right?

  3. love your composition, great shot.

  4. Wow, that looks divine! Definitely going to have to try this recipe. Love the photography as well. I'm trying to improve my food photography and have just about decided I need a new lens to take my photography to the next level. What lens did you use on these shots? (Visiting from Sweet Shot Tuesday)

  5. It looks so good and your photo is fabulous!


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