Tuesday, March 11, 2008

TWD: Russian Grandmothers' Apple Pie-Cake

Mmmm....that is our opinion...this is so yummy and not too difficult to put together. The best part is that it tastes similar to pie but has the cakey crust. Both the hubby and I decided that it was in our opinion, better than pie:) But we also think that a light, vanilla glaze would be a great addition! Check out the TWD blog for more!

I took it to my Bible Study last night and it was funny, because when I called it pie-cake everyone stated..."well it looks like pie crust" well their opinions changed when they took a bite, it's definately cakier than it looks!

The recipe was chosen for the week by Natalie of Burned Bits, and it was a fabulous choice. I didn't have the two hours of refridgeration so I threw the dough in the freezer for about a half an hour and it still worked great. The only problem was after it sat a bit, it was a little dry for my taste, so best to eat slightly warm!

Up next week, by Culinary Concotions by Peabody...Brioche Raisin Snails!

Here is the recipe with the photo to come later!

Russian Grandmothers' Apple Pie-Cake

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
1/4 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 9x12-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.


chelley325 said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this, we did too!

Annemarie said...

YUMMY, huh? We felt the same way...can't wait to see a pic!!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I was glad that I didn't opt-out on this recipe!

Marie said...

WE really enjoyed this as well, but added a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup to each serving. That made a great pie/cake even yummier!

ostwestwind said...

Glad you enjoyed it, we did it too. This cake is so different from a German apple cake...

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

CB said...

I felt the same. It wasn't really pie but it wasn't really cake therefore pie-cake makes sense! haha. Can't wait to see pics! Great job!

slush said...

So glad you liked it, we loved it too. A glaze is a fab idea!!

Erin said...

Glad you liked it, can't wait to see a picture!

Mary said...

glad you enjoyed your pie/cake and were selfless enough to share!

Dianne said...

Sounds like it turned out great!

Jhianna said...

Totally a pie-cake! A vanilla glaze sounds great too :)

amanda. said...

Sounds like you guys really enjoyed it!

Melissa said...

A vanilla glaze sounds great!

Jaime said...

good job! it looks great and sounds like everyone enjoyed it. i did not find it too try the next day but maybe that's b/c i used pears too??

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Nice call on the vanilla glaze. That would be tasty.