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
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.