March 11, 2008

Russian Grandmothers Apple Pie-Cake

This week’s recipe is Russian Grandmother’s Apple Pie Cake, chosen by Natalie of Burned Bits.

The name Russian Grandmother’s Apple Pie-Cake. Pie-Cake? In reading the recipe you will notice that this is not a traditional cake that has a batter which is poured into a pan and baked. The components are of a pie recipe; a dough and a filling. This confused me, especially since the book did not have any pictures.

Preparing the recipe was simple. The dough was easy put together, I didn’t have any problems with stickiness. It took about 15 minutes total. It had a lemony taste to it which I found weird, but after refrigeration the lemony taste was still there but not that strong. It rolled out pretty easy once I let it come back to room temperature.

The filling was exactly that – apple pie filling. Apples, golden raisins, sugar and cinnamon. I used a combo of granny smiths and golden delicious since that is what I had on hand. I didn’t have any non-colored sanding sugar so I just sprinkled it with cinnamon-sugar instead.

After baking for 80 minutes, I checked on it. The top was brown and juices were bubbling so I removed it from the oven and set it on a rack to cool. Once it cooled down (still slightly warm) I tasted it. Some of apples were a little too soft, almost mushy. Also even though I tasted the apples before they were cooked, they were a little too tart, but that may be attributed to the type of apples I used. The next day I tried another piece (at room temperature) – this time the flavors seemed a little more settled together and, any apples that were too soft complimented the apples which were still chunky. I could have skipped the raisins. By day three I had “grown to like it”.

Even though I was not completely sold on this recipe my family really enjoyed it.

Is it a pie or a cake? Not sure, to me it was more like a cobbler.

I will definitely keep the dough recipe to use again and play around with different fillings.

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17 comments:

noskos said...

That looks really tasty!!

April said...

Yum! It looks great!

chelley325 said...

It looks really great!!

Madam Chow said...

It could have been the apples - I used mostly Granny Smith's, and one Fuji, but my family really liked it. And I just got a chance to see your Snickery Squares post - amazing!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I thought it was also a bit like a cobbler of pandowdy, but hey what's in a name?

ostwestwind said...

That looks yummy, I never baked a pie-cake like this before and I liked it!

Marie said...

Great pictures! My husband really enjoyed his, although I did find it a bit dry. I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup and it really transformed it into spectacular!

CB said...

I am glad I skipped the raisins esp after reading your experience. I don't like raisins but I think mushy raisins are probably worse! Your picture looks yummy. Great job!
-Clara
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Annemarie said...

It looks yummy! Great job!

slush said...

Sorry you werent a fan, there is always next week. Glad your fam liked it though. Great job!

Erin said...

Looks great! I love the crust!

Melissa said...

Looks good! I compared it to an apple shortcake.

amanda. said...

Doesn't it drive you crazy when there's an odd recipe without a picture? Those cookbook people should know better than that!

Your pie-cake looks great! I'm hungry just looking at it!

landa said...

Oh it looks awesome.

Jhianna said...

Part of why I love TWD is that I get a ton of pictures to compare mine with - it's specially great when they don't have a picture in the book. Great job!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job, it looks delicious. I love the idea of just putting cinnamon sugar over the top of it. Glad your family approved of it!

Jaime said...

your crust looks perfect! good job!

 
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