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Learn a Language Through Cooking – Russian Sharlotka

Have you ever tried learning a language through cooking? There are so many benefits to studying a foreign language with engaging activities, like following a recipe and focusing on cooking vernacular! In this blog post, DLS staff member and Russian instructor, Anastasia, bakes a traditional Russian apple cake, called Sharlotka.

Anastasia shares, “Sharlotka is a classic apple pie every Russian person knows and loves. It’s delicious and easy to make. In this video, I will teach you how to make Sharlotka while using Russian kitchen vocabulary (in case you come across a “babushka” and want to impress her with your skills!)”

To follow along, you’ll need the ingredients below and make sure you also have a baking pan, mixing bowl, mixer with a wire whisk attachment, and a toothpick/wooden skewer. Then, just press play on the video below to get cooking!

  • 2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Cardamom and cinnamon to taste
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Crack the eggs into the mixing bowl and beat using the wire whisk attachment for five to six minutes, until they become thick.
  • Add in the sugar gradually and whisk until a thick white mixture is formed.
  • Slowly pour the flour into the mix.
  • Make sure to grease the baking pan with vegetable oil and pour half the batter into the baking pan, evening out the surface with a spatula.
  • Layer the apples evenly on top.
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon and cardamom on top to taste.
  • Pour the rest of the batter over the apples.
  • Put the pie into the oven to cook for 40 minutes.
  • At the end of 40 minutes, take a wooden skewer or toothpick and puncture the pie all the way to the bottom. If the skewer is dry with almost no traces of batter, the pie is ready!


(Don’t forget to press the CC button in the right-hand corner to see the English subtitles.)


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