Apples grow in many areas of Russia. When the harvest is good, the fall season is filled with apples. From my childhood, I remember having apple jam, apple pancakes, apple compote, baked apples, apple puree, and, of course, apple pie! Apples were everywhere!
Try this recipe as is or experiment. You can add raisins, craisins, walnuts, chopped dried apricots, walnuts, orange rind… The possibilities are endless. After all, this is the Self-Cooking Tablecloth!
4 medium green apples
¾ cup of sugar (or more if you like sweeter desserts)
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of white vinegar (or lemon juice)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut apples into thin slices and put them into a greased round baking dish (okay, it doesn’t have to be round – but that’s what my grandma always used!)
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, and flour to make dough.
- Now comes a weird step. Everyone in Russia does this when baking: Put baking soda in a large spoon (a tablespoon would work) and pour vinegar (or lemon juice) in it. When it fizzes, quickly pour it into the dough and mix. This step helps makes the dough softer and fluffier.
- Pour dough evenly over apple splices.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle of the pie comes out clean.