I miss my mom. She recently passed away so I thought I would try and make a favorite recipe of hers to remind me of the wonderful moments that we shared in the kitchen.
When it comes to cooking or baking with apples, I immediately think of her. Mom made the best Lithuanian Apple Cake (o-buo-li-nis pea-rah-gus) ever! Although there are many different twists and variations of this cake, I kept to using all the simple ingredients that she used. I researched and experimented and several times fell short of the real deal. After 4 attempts (yes, I fess up, I baked 4 different cakes) I came pretty close with this one. I used a variety of apples (Braeburn, Granny Smith and Honeycrisp) because I like the blend of sweet and tart.
In her memory, I am naming this Močiute’s Lithuanian Apple Cake. Enjoy with your morning coffee or for dessert, warmed and topped with a scoop of ice cream.
So here goes mom, this one’s for you! How did I do?
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
On medium speed, using electric mixer, blend eggs and sugar until fluffy, about 8 minutes.
Add softened butter, yogurt and vanilla and mix well.
Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in apple slices.
Pour batter into buttered 8 x 8 glass baking dish. You can also use a 9" round cake pan.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, until brown and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.