I loved this! I made it to celebrate my brother's recent return from Russia and Ukraine (he claimed to have hated all the food, so it was kind of a practical joke to serve him ONE more Ukrainian dish). He actually loved it, as did everyone else at the party. I used fresh pears instead of the apples, and I didn't really measure them (I think it was probably about 3-4 cups). It was really yummy, though I'm thinking that the pears (or, rather, the amount of fruit) made the cooking time a bit longer. I also used a nine-inch springform instead of the 8x8 dish (I really don't think that would have served as nicely). I think next time I make this (and I WILL!), I will bake the bottom layer just a few minutes before adding the fruit so that it's a tad easier to slice into wedges. I served it with really good vanilla bean ice cream, which helped to even out the spiciness of the cinnamon. If you're not a big cinnamon fan, you might want to reduce it a bit. The flavor on the whole reminded me a bit of when my mother made cinnamon toast for me as a child. Yummy!
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I loved this! I made it to celebrate my brother's recent return from Russia and Ukraine (he...