Recipe from Smitten Kitchen
I know, you’re probably thinking “what the heck is a Sharlotka?!” and I, like you had no idea what this was until quite recently. To describe a Sharlotka is difficult. It’s not really a cake, nor a pie as it has no crust and it’s kind of like a pancake but not very cakey. It contains no butter or dairy, just a few simple ingredients and a whole lot of apples. This recipe still has sugar and flour but you’re not going to feel like you’ve shattered your whole diet in one sitting. A dessert that’s about 75% apples is a winner in my books.
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, also 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. (I cut each half into four “strips” then sliced them fairly thinly — about 1/4-inch — in the other direction.) 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 and press it down into the apple pile (the top of the batter should end up level with the top of the 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.
*adjustments: I added a little bit of cinnamon to the batter as well maybe 1/2 tsp or so.