Sharlotka for Sarah’s fourth month celebs

How to make sharlotka

My daughter is 6 months old and frankly I haven’t been able to catch up with life ever since she was born. I know I am posting something I baked when she was four months old when she is six months old but I at least  manage to bake something for her every month though it finds this space way beyond the expected schedule.

I decided to bake this cake because it sounded enchanting. sh-arl-ot-ka sounds like the name of a Russian girl I would love to befriend :)  Well this is a low fat cake with no milk, butter and very little sugar. The fact that it has no butter made me think twice before baking this because I was supposed to bake a loaf for a friend of my hubby’s at the office. I am not a fan of apples and have never laid my hands over a clafoutis or apple pie. But I must say I enjoyed baking this cake though I am not sure if I should call it a cake, pie or pancake :)

Ingredients for Sharlotka ( Recipe source: Smitten kitchen)

Apples- 6
All purpose flour-  125 g
Eggs-3
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Sugar- 200 g
Ground cinnamon- a pinch
Powdered sugar- for dusting

 

How to make sharlotka

 

Directions

Peel and core the apples. Cut them into small pieces. I used red apples though green apples (granny smiths) are considered ideal for this recipe. Butter a nine inch pan and line it with parchment paper. Also preheat your oven at 180 degree Celsius. Using the paddle attachment of your hand mixer beat the eggs and sugar till its creamy. Add vanilla essence and vinegar and whisk again.
How to make sharlotka
Vinegar cuts down the eggy flavour because this cake does not have butter to counter the egginess. Fold in the flour and mix using a spatula this batter will be thick. Arrange the chopped apples in the pan and pour the batter over the apple pieces. Bake the cake for 40- 50 minutes till a skewer inserted comes out clean. Invert the cake so the bottom layer is up  though traditionally it is the other way round. Dust with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

How to make sharlotka

I have managed to bake something for Sarah every month so far, but I am a bit sad that I wont be able to bake her a cake for her baptism this weekend. But I hope to bake a small cake for her when we get back home after the baptism but its a big group this time. So lets see ! I haven’t been able to spend much time here and despite my attempts to line up posts I could not even compose this one at a stretch motherhood can be taxing :) thanks for being patient dear readers!! I will be back in action from Monday. Till then stay tuned.

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