Different Autumns and Charlotte Apple Pie

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Autumn…. I never liked it, mostly because of rains. In St Petersburg it is not a great deal, after all we have our proud 62 sunny days per year, which leaves us with remaining 300… of the water hanging in the air – sometimes it can’t be even called a proper rain. Another problem is the light, which leaving – after long and lively summer nights, when it is never dark – White Nights. In other languages it means the night when you are forced to stay awake, for example preparing for exam. This is not so far from reality, as how can you sleep when the guys are playing guitar in the yard, some friends are calling you for a long over several days camping in the park, or you just drive car to watch the bridges are raised, or you are sitting and eating sushi… because you forgot about the bridges! They air seems hot, long, and lackadaisical, like a dense red wine; it makes you loose your head these very few days when one of the northeast city becomes as lively as a southern town.
Then it abruptly finishes. The light is gone, the rain is never-ending (I wonder if the hero of Raven lived in St Petersburg, will he ever pronounce his famous phrase). The leaves are rotten, and drop fast, without giving this fanfares of colors. My autumn is grey, cold and dark. But… this is just one of the autumns. In Italy it comes late, it’s bright and loud – all trees one day seem to turn yellow as if they are coordinated, so Italian autumn in noticeable as soon as it arrives. Austrian autumn arrives on time, it is cold, clean, well-prepared and sound. Her work is planned and she had a time schedule to follow – so one by one she is painting the trees. The Texan autumn is conservative and doesn’t want to change anything – so many bushes and trees enter the winter with green leaves and flowers. In Scandinavia autumn is an artist with a great fantasy, and she is also mind and cheerful. In London it is impossible to understand when autumn comes, she seems to be so anxious to start that she comes in several times in the summer… And of cause every autumn smells differently: with pumpkin pies, apples, cinnamon, tea and coffee… and so many things which people gather in their gardens and store in their kitchens to provide their family with another dinner surprise. The following posts will be all about autumns, and the first one, Russian, smells with Sharlotka!
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Time of preparation: 1 hour    Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
Wheat flour_______1 glass
Sugar ___________1 glass
Apples ___________2-3
Cinnamon________2 tea spoons
Eggs ____________3
Salt
It’s better to pick up a little bit sour apples, otherwise pie will be too sweet
1. Cut apples in a very thin slices, place in the oiled dish for baking, and powder with cinnamon.
2. There are two ways of making the dough: very easy and a little bit more complicated. First variant:  whip sugar with eggs quite well in a deep bowl, then add flour and half of a tea spoon of salt. Mix well.
Second variant: mix just yolks with sugar, adding step by step flour. Then whip egg-whites in foam and add in the dough, this way the pie will get a wonderful crust. But in this case – don’t open the oven until the pie is ready, or it will go down. Pour the ready dough over the apples.
3. Bake in the oven on 180C (350F) around 35 minutes.
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13 thoughts on “Different Autumns and Charlotte Apple Pie

  1. Oh this is lovely. Great thoughts about all the different agendas Ms. Autumn follows in different places. Since I just made your apple pie from last week, I’m going to give your Sharlotka a try on Sunday. 🙂

    • Oh, this is fantastic! At least I know that apart from Tanya, the lady “guilty” of this blog’s birth, there is one more person who cooks my dishes 🙂 🙂 How was your national day?

      • It was a gorgeous day, sunshine, warm, just lovely. My SO liked your apple pie so much that I made it again. The Sharlotka has to wait for next week.
        I haven’t even started exploring your other recipes.

      • Hurrrahhhhh!!! I am very happy 🙂 At least now you have motivation to explore other recipes, if the very first dish would turn wrong I doubt you would be so willing to keep on 🙂 🙂

  2. Just finished baking this delicious dessert, for the first time. It is a huge hit! Nine of us have demolished the entire pan in 5 minutes!

    I used a shallow, rectangular glass dish. So, I shortened the baking time by 10 minutes.

    Thank you, Anna!!

    • 🙂 Sometimes I am amazed how with minimum products and with minimum efforts you can create something remarkable 🙂
      Have a good flight my dear, I will miss you very, very much.

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