Seasonal Recipes: Apple Charlotte

“Fall” in love with this homemade Apple Charlotte Recipe.

Paulina Ornatsky , Staff Reporter


“Fall” in love with this homemade apple charlotte recipe

This Apple Charlotte is a healthier twist on Apple Pie, a classic American fall staple, and is the perfect follow-up activity to apple picking.This recipe comes from my grandmother, Liliya Yakovleva. She was born and raised in the Soviet Union, so they didn’t have much to work with.Baking an apple Charlotte is the perfect follow up activity for apple-picking.


A Charlotte is a baked good that consists of some fruit, usually apples or peaches; and is covered in bread, sponge cake, ladyfingers, or breadcrumbs. The use of less sugar in the Charlotte allows the flavor of the apples to be more prominent. 



4 Large Eggs

5 Large Apples or 10 Small Apples

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Flour

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Grated Orange Peel

1 Tbsp. Sour Cream

1/5 Cup Softened Butter

Cinnamon (for sprinkling)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Wash and cut the apples in half lengthwise, removing the core, stem, and bottom. Slice them into ⅕ inch pieces.

3. Crack the 4 eggs into a large bowl and use an electric mixer to beat them. Mix until it turns bubbly. 

4. Add the vanilla extract to the eggs. While mixing gradually add sugar. 

5. Add baking powder to the bowl and keep mixing until the mixture is white (or close to white).

6.Finely grate orange peel into the bowl for flavor

7. Add the sour cream to the mixture. Sift the flour into the bowl. Add a pinch of cinnamon and use a spoon to mix until smooth.

8. Prepare a circular pan (approximately 7 inches in diameter) by greasing the sides with the butter and sprinkle some sugar on the bottom. If you don’t have a pan whose sides snap on and off, lay a sheet of wax paper on the pan.

9. Cover the bottom of the pan with a portion of the sliced apples and sprinkle them with cinnamon.

10.Pour egg and flour mixture over the pan with the apples.

11. Arrange the rest of the apples on top of the batter in whichever pattern you like; just make sure to use up all the apples and cover the mixture completely. 

12. Sprinkle a bit more cinnamon on top.

13. Put the pan in the oven for 30 minutes to bake.

14. Take the pan out and let cool for 10 minutes.

15. Enjoy! Lilaya recommends this with a hot cup of black tea with lemon and sugar.