Tonight I finally had the chance to sit and watch the Sochi Olympics. We ate dinner in front of the TV, and our whole family was entranced.
I love a theme, so I made this Russian themed dessert from a Cookbook I had picked up from the library.
SHARLOTKA "GOST' na POROGE"
butter, for greasing the pan
6 apples, cored, peeled, quartered and sliced crosswise
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup less 1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
Butter a 9 inch springform pan. Add the apples, they should fill the pan completely. Toss with cinnamon.
Heat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and forms a ribbon when the beaters are lifted. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Gradually beat in flour. You will have a rather thick batter. Pour the batter evenly into the pan over the apples.
Bake until the top of the charlotte is puffy and golden, 50 to 55 minutes.
Recipe adapted from "Please to the Table, the Russia Cookbook", Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman