TWD: Russian Grandmothers’ Apple-Pie Cake

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Food Blogging Event, Recipes

This is just a placeholder for the time being – I made the dough last night, and the cake is in the oven as we speak (it smells great!), but I’ve got to wait until it’s done and cooled down before I take pictures and give a final verdict – I will try my best to update the entry tonight – hopefully before my Tuesdays with Dorie entry becomes a Wednesdays with Dorie entry. ;)

Update: As promised, here’s the picture. I let it bake for the 65 minutes, but it got a little dark around the edges. The taste? The filling was yummy, the dough was like a coffee cake dough, and overwhelmed the apples a bit. I usually like a little less dough in my cakes. Overall, it would go great with a cup of coffee or cocoa. Sorry about the quality of the pic, as the final product wasn’t very pretty to begin with, and my camera had a hard time focusing on it.


Here’s the recipe:

Russian Grandmothers’ Apple-Pie Cake
recipe from “Baking: From My Home to Yours” courtesy Dorie Greenspan

For The Dough:
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 lemon
3 1/4 – 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For The Apples: 
10 medium apples, all one kind or a mix (I like to use Fuji, Golden Delicious and Ida Reds; my grandmother probably used dry baking apples like Cordland and Rome)
Squirt of fresh lemon juice
1 cup moist, plump raisins (dark or golden)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Sugar, preferably decorating (coarse) sugar, for dusting

To Make The Dough: Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes more. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the baking powder and salt and mix just to combine. Add the lemon juice – the dough will probably curdle, but don’t worry about it. Still working on low speed, slowly but steadily add 3 1/4 cups of the flour, mixing to incorporate it and scraping down the bowl as needed. The dough is meant to be soft, but if you think it looks more like a batter than a dough at this point, add the extra 1/4 cup flour. (The dough usually needs the extra flour.) When properly combined, the dough should almost clean the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough out onto a work surface, gather it into a ball and divide it in half. Shape each half into a rectangle. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or for up to 3 days. (The dough can be wrapped airtight and frozen for up to 2 months; defrost overnight in the refrigerator.)

To Make The Apples: Peel and core the apples and cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick; cut the slices in half crosswise if you want. Toss the slices in a bowl with a little lemon juice – even with the juice, the apples may turn brown, but that’s fine – and add the raisins. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together, sprinkle over the apples and stir to coat evenly. Taste an apple and add more sugar, cinnamon, and/or lemon juice if you like.

Getting Ready to Bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Generously butter a 9×12-inch baking pan (Pyrex is good) and place it on a baking shee tlined with parchment or a silicone mat.

Remove the dough from the fridge. If it is too hard to roll and it cracks, either let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes or give it a few bashes with your rolling pin to get it moving. Once it’s a little more malleable, you’ve got a few choices. You can roll it on a well-floured work surface or roll it between sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper. You can even press or roll out pieces of the dough and patch them together in the pan – because of the baking powder in the dough, it will puff and self-heal under the oven’s heat. Roll the dough out until it is just a little larger all around than your pan and about 1/4 inch thick – you don’t want the dough to be too thin, because you really want to taste it. Transfer the dough to the pan. If the dough comes up the sides of the pan, that’s fine; if it doesn’t that’s fine too.

Give the apples another toss in the bowl, then turn them into the pan and, using your hands, spread them evenely across the bottom.

Roll out the second piece of dough and position it over the apples. Cut the dough so you’ve got a 1/4 to 1/2 inch overhang and tuck the excess into the sides of the pan, as though you were making a bed. (If you don’t have that much overhang, just press what you’ve got against the sides of the pan.)

Brush the top of the dough lightly with water and sprinkle sugar over the dough. Using a small sharp knife, cut 6 to 8 evenly spaced slits in the dough.

Bake for 65 to 80 minutes, or until the dough is a nice golden brown and the juices from the apples are bubbling up through the slits. Transfer the baking pan to a cooling rack and cool to just warm or to room temperature. You’ll be tempted to taste it sooner, but I think the dough needs a little time to rest.

6 Responses to “TWD: Russian Grandmothers’ Apple-Pie Cake”

  1. CB Says:

    Looking forward to the pictures!

  2. Jaime Says:

    can’t wait to see your pictures…. i was impatient and took pics of mine prematurely… that’s why it looks like it is all falling apart. the next day it was nice and congealed but i couldn’t get good lighting!

  3. Piggy Says:

    no worries, your picture still looks great even though you had a hard time focusing on it. :-)

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  5. Danielle Says:

    That is some serious coarse sugar you are rockin’ on that cake! I am curious how you got such large crystals. Did you mash up sugar crystals? I agree with you on the cake overwhelming the apples a bit.

  6. Marie Says:

    I think your piecake looks fabulous! Love the sugar crumbles on top!

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    Original title: cross-country car and bus collided causing one death and five injured February 24, Furong Road Changsha to Xiangyin period of T-shaped Bay area the accident occurred, the front of the bus was severely damaged. Xiaoxiang Morning News reporter Gu Pengbo / photo February 24th, Qiao Yi vehicle rescue station, the accident severely damaged suv. Rednet Changsha February 25 news (Xiaoxiang Morning News reporter Chen Bin) on February 24 at noon, in Furong Road Changsha to Xiangyin section (also known as long Xiang Road) Dingzi Bay area occurred accident: a red car Changan Yue Xiang an SUV and a Changsha to Xiangyin bus collided, hit the bus rollover, the accident caused cross-country truck driver was stuck. After receiving the alarm, Wangcheng fire brigade firefighters team of mountain book Hall launched a rescue the trapped driver, but the driver has lost vital signs. In addition to the SUV driver was killed, the accident also caused 5 people were injured on the bus. At present, the specific cause of the accident is still under investigation. field bus knocked rollover the incident site is located in Wangcheng Land Resources Bureau T-shaped center so south, a downhill sections. 24 afternoon 4 when the left and right sides, the reporter Qiao Yi vehicle rescue station, saw the two severe damage to the vehicle, bus license plate number for Xiang F71085, from Changsha, bound for Xiangyin. The left front wheel was severely damaged, the driving room on the left rear window glass pierced out a about 1.5 meters long, wide about 1 m of the hole. and cross-country car front dilapidated, “this is a new car, the suspension is a temporary license Changsha grades.” The rescue station staff Mr. Liu said. the scene of a electric car ride man told reporters that was off-road vehicles from the direction of the Xiangyin bound for Changsha, just downhill, may be in order to avoid two deceleration zone, and is uphill bus a fierce collision. injured did not fasten safety belt, flying out of the seat lumbar fracture to participate in the rescue of Wangcheng fire brigade book Hall mountain team firefighters Zhang said, after noon 1 received a distress message, seven firefighters immediately rushed to the scene, at this time, the passengers on the bus has been transferred, while the wild car drivers stuck inside, unable to move. “we immediately with expanding the scissors cut the door, then dilator for the cab flared, about 10 minutes rescued the driver, but the doctor determine driver has to die.” Zhang said. 120 emergency center in Wangcheng Bridge Station sub station to the injured site to Taihe hospital. afternoon 3 when 30 points, the reporter arrived at the Taihe hospital, doctors in emergency kexiao said accident received a total of 6 people, one of whom died, five people were injured. a passenger told reporters, because Changsha to Xiangyin not far away, usually they are not wearing seat belts, drivers have no corresponding reminder. Liu Huiqun, the most serious injured lumbar fracture, waist 4 bones fracture to hospitalized surgery again after a week.” The doctor said. Liu Huiqun said that she was a clerk in a supermarket near Changsha Hongshan Bridge, her mother died, the day she deliberately from Qijubeizhan ride, ready to rush to Xiangyin County. ” was across the aisle and the opposite one to go to Xiangyin to visit people to chat with her about Xiangyin delicious fun.” Liu Huiqun sat in the bus on the right side of the second row, she said the bus is the right lane uphill, “I saw the front of a red car directly rushed.” see each other traveling to their lanes, bus driver LiuMou immediate to the right direction to avoid, but the two cars crashed on the bus swing for a while, on the right side of the tire sinking into the sand, the rollover occurred. violent crash let Liu Huiqun fly out from the seat, head down onto the car in front of the boarding stairs. “Next to a male passenger teeth are knock off, and the head is crashed through the blood.” Liu Huiqun said.

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    Original title: Wang Yi met with the Congress of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Koch China News Agency, Washington, February 24 (Xinhua) – is an official visit to the United States Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington meeting with the Congress of the United States Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman Koch, senior members of the democratic party card, Senator. Wang Yi said that to maintain a healthy and stable development of Sino US relations conforms to the common interests of the two peoples and the international community. In the current international situation is undergoing complex and profound changes under the background of Sino US as two influential countries, enhance mutual understanding, is very important to maintain close cooperation. Wang Yi should be briefed on China’s principled position on the South China Sea issue, stressed that maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea, maintaining the safety of navigation is consistent with their own interests and freedom of the South China sea. China is willing to on the basis of international law, including the “United Nations Convention on the law of the sea” consultations with relevant countries to resolve their differences, while China is also determined to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests. In the history of the United States had the support of the China’s claim of sovereignty over the Nansha Islands, now should be at least commitment to the sovereignty of Nansha dispute does not hold the position, and play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region. The members said that the relationship between the United States and China is the most important foreign relations of the United states. Facing the challenges of today’s world economic fluctuations, the threat of extremism and nuclear proliferation, the two sides have extensive common interests and concerns. The United States appreciated the great achievements of reform and development has made Chinese, believes that a strong China is not only conducive to Chinese, more conducive to the international community as a whole. Although the two sides in the South China Sea issues such as human rights, the existence of differences, but the two countries should keep closer cooperation to promote security and prosperity of the world. (end)