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Ābolu maizītes

Ābolu maizītes
This is what happens when we bake here!

This is a traditional Latvian apple bread. Mine is more cakey (sponge-like) than bready – there’s a bit of variation out there. We’ve never had leftovers, even after an hour, so I absolutely cannot speak to how well these keep. They are awesome – everyone loves them. Trust me.

30-50 minutes baking

1 cup flour
2 ts baking powder

145g softened butter
½ cup sugar

3 eggs, separated
2 ts vanilla (paste or essence)

3 TB cream (or milk)

2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced (4mm) in semicircles

Brown sugar
Cinnamon (ground)
Cloves (ground)

Preheat oven to 190° C

1 – In a medium bowl, mix flour with baking powder.

2 – In a large bowl, cream butter with sugar.

3 – Add yolks to butter/sugar, then add vanilla.

4 – Add dry ingredients in 2 or 3 lots, alternating with cream.

5 – Whip egg whites until stiff, fold into batter.

6 – Turn batter carefully into a baking tray. Press apple slices deeply into the batter.

7 – Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

8 – Bake 30-50 minutes, until skewer comes out dry.

9 – Turn upside down onto a chopping board, then right side up onto a cooling rack. Cool before serving if you can get away with it.