The Polish version of apple pie is known as “Szarlotka” but this is really a cake – placek ze jablka which literally means “flat cake with apples”. Try plums, peaches or nectarines in this recipe to good effect. This was one of my father’s favorites as it used to remind him of back home.
- 300g self-raising flour
- 2 tsps baking powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- 170g plus 56g sugar
- 113g soft butter (plus 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces)
- 6 fl oz milk
- 2 large eggs
- 4 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- ¼ tsp cloves
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Grease a 13″x9″ tin with butter or cooking spray. Heat the oven to 180 C. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and 6oz sugar. Add the softened butter, milk and eggs. With an electric mixer, mix on medium speed 2 minutes. If you are doing this by hand mix for at least 4 minutes to incorporate air. Pour half the batter into prepared pan, then layer on half the apples. Spoon all but ½ of the remaining batter over the apples, covering completely. Place the remaining apples on top and dot the reserved ½ batter over the apples.
- Combine the rest of the sugar, 3 tablespoons of diced cold butter and cloves and sprinkle over the unbaked cake. Bake about 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan so the apple juices will be re-absorbed to create a moist cake.
Oven Temperature: 180 C/160C fan oven/Gas 4