Wednesday, February 26, 2014

THE AMERICANS Returns with Russian Apple Cake

This is our second installment of Russian food in honor of the second season premiere of The Americans (tonight on Fx, 10pm). Janet in our Portland office has been at it again, this time with Ukrainian Apple Cake, but first we'll refresh your memory of the season one finale. 

In the finale, Phillip and Elizabeth - our friendly KGB spies posing as American couple, living with their American kids next door to an FBI agent - had just gotten themselves out of a trap. But not by much because Elizabeth got shot in the process and now the FBI has rough sketches of them. We assume Elizabeth will survive the shot, but only because she's a protagonist. The show ends with their daughter Paige in the basement of their home into Elizabeth's recording tapes from Russia.

Here's the second season promo trailer:

And now here is how to make some insanely good Ukrainian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk)...


The Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup cream 
  • 4 large apple - peeled, cored and thinly sliced

Streusel Topping
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Full directions can be found here at All Recipes.

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