Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Yabluchnyk: Ukrainian Apple Cake

Anyone who shares Ukrainian/Russian/Mennonite roots has a Baba, Nana or Babuchka who makes this dish. Some simply call it "apple cake" but the real name is Yabluchnyk.

Yabluchnyk (Ukrainian Apple Cake)


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 4 large apple - peeled, cored and thinly sliced
 Streusel Topping
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


1.     Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly butter an 8 inch square baking dish.
2.     Sift together 1 1/2 cups of flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut in 1/2 cup of butter until the mixture is crumbly.
3.     Stir together the egg with the cream and gently mix into the flour until a soft dough has formed.
4.     Press into prepared baking dish.
5.       Layer the apples into the dish overlapping, in neat rows.
6.       Prepare streusel by mixing the brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.

Bake in preheated oven until apples have softened, and topping has browned, about 25 minutes.

May be served with heavy cream, whipped cream or ice cream. Also delicious when served with a mixture of brown sugar and sour cream.

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