Pie «Charlotte» with apples – a recipe familiar to all since childhood. It is this dessert that girls begin to prepare when they want to show their thrift and surprise with homemade cakes for tea. All, certainly touched and happy to absorb the delicacy.
And why do young ladies take it for the «Charlotte»» Yes, because its recipe is elementary, the products are always in the refrigerator and spoil the cake is almost impossible.
But we’ll go the other way. Our «Charlotte» is unusual and will be a great treat not only for family tea, but also for the celebration. It is a simple, light and exquisite Apple cake. And time for its preparation will take no more than a classic variation of dessert.
Apples – 4-5 pieces
Shortbread cookies – 600 grams
Butter – 250 grams
Eggs – 5 pieces
Powdered sugar – 100-150 grams
Instant coffee – 1 sachet
Almonds – a handful
Preparation of our extraordinary «Charlotte» start with the cake. For it, you can prepare shortbread dough according to the classic recipe, and you can greatly simplify your life and take shortbread. Scroll it through a meat grinder, or grind in the processor. Large pieces should not be. Mix the mass of cookies with soft butter until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator.
After that, grease the split mold with oil, take small pieces of dough and evenly cover the bottom and form the bumpers. They can be any height to your taste.
Once the Foundation is ready, there are two scenarios. It can be sent for 15-20 minutes in the freezer to better «grabbed», and you can bake 5-77 minutes in an oven at 180 degrees. In this case, you can lay the parchment to sleep on the basis of legumes. So your cake just does not crawl down. The first option is less time-consuming and accurately guarantees excellent results.
Apples clean from the skin, remove the stalks and the seed box. Cut, depending on the size, into 6-8 pieces.
Now eggs. Separate the whites from the yolks. We won’t need the yolks, so you can use them for other pastries. Cold proteins beat with a mixer at low speed. As soon as they turn white, add a pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon juice. Want to get sour – add more juice. Continue to beat for 1-2 minutes and gradually add the powdered sugar. It is necessary exactly so much to get the tight peaks. And of course, it all depends on how sweet you are.
The taste of classic meringue is varied with coffee. 1 sachet, or 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, you need to dilute in a spoonful of warm water. Carefully pour the resulting solution into the whipped whites and mix, so as not to break the peaks. You can gently beat with a mixer.
Apples spread on the cake so that they are completely covered. On top spread the beaten egg whites and sprinkle with almond flakes or whole almonds. Send in the oven, preheated to 150 degrees for 20-30 minutes. As soon as the meringue becomes Golden — «Charlotte» is ready. Whites will appear slightly «liquid».
Give to cool in the form, and then extract it on a dish. If you cook a cake on a festive table – decorate it in addition to almond crumbs favorite berries and mint leaves.