Ukrainian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk)
This cake, or rather a pie, is the dessert for those you love. It smells and tastes like home, as if your granny was making one and treating you to a slice right from the oven. During my childhood, there barely any days when we didn’t have this cake at home. As soon as one was finished, grandma would make another (sometimes opting for plums instead and turning apple cake into plum cake).
Juicy apples, moist dough, and a pleasant cinnamon aftertaste make this pie a perfect snack on a rainy day. If there’s nothing tasty in your pantry to go with tea, Yabluchnyk is your number one solution. With simple ingredients and straightforward preparation, this pie can rightfully compete with fancy chocolate desserts. Check it out yourself.
Yabluchnyk (Apple Cake)
For the cake
- 3-4 medium apples
- 7 oz all-purpose flour
- 1.5 oz sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4.4 oz butter
- 1 egg
- 2 ⅔ oz cream
For the streusel topping
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2.2 oz brown sugar
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
How to make Yabluchnyk:
- Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Line the bottom of a cake pan with parchment paper and lightly grease.
- Sift together 1½ cups of flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- Cut in ½ cup of butter until the mixture is crumbly
- Stir together the egg and cream.
- Gently mix the cream into the flour mixture to form a soft dough.
- Press into the prepared baking dish.
- Cut the apples into thin slices. Create layers of overlapping apples in neat, uniform rows on the dough.
- For the streusel, mix together the brown sugar, 2 tbsp flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Crumble 2 tbsp of butter into the mixture. Sprinkle the crumble over the apples.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the apples have softened and the topping has browned (approx. 25 minutes).
- Cool the apple cake and serve.