Hungarian apple cake (Almás pite)

Hungarian apple cake is a true Hungarian classic, quite popular in the country. Is it a pie or a cake? It is definitely delicious, an easy to make dessert filled with sweetened shredded apple spiced with cinnamon and lemon.
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls - large, medium
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Zester
  • Greater
  • Pastry brush
  • Parckemt papert
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking tin (11x8)

Ingredients
  

For the dough

  • 2.5 cups of all purpose flour (300 grams)
  • 1 stick of butter (115 grams or 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tbsp of sour cream + a little extra if needed
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest

For the apple filling

  • 6 medium sized tart apples
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp of ground walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 whole egg for brushing the dough

Instructions
 

  • Mix the flour and the cubed butter by hand. The mixture will be quite crumbly.
  • Add 1 whole egg, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, baking powder, sour cream, and lemon zest. Knead thoroughly. Add more flour if necessary.
  • Divide the dough into 2 balls, cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Peel the apples, core, and shred them. Add the sugar, the cinnamon, and the lemon juice. Mix well and drain the juice. Drink the apple juice, it is delicious. 🙂
  • Heat the oven to 180°C (355°F). Butter and flour your baking tin.
  • On a floured surface roll out one part of the dough to the size of the baking tin (11x8), then lay it in.
  • Sprinkle with half of the ground walnuts (optional). Spread the apples on the dough; sprinkle it with the remaining walnuts. Roll out the top crust and place over the apples, sealing the edges and making slits in it.
  • Prick to allow vapor to escape, and brush with egg wash.
  • Bake the cake for 30 minutes, until the top is light-browned. Let it cool. Cut into squares, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve.
Hungarian apple cake
Hungarian apple cake
Hungarian apple cake
Hungarian apple cake

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