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These sweetly spiced preserved apples, known as apples from the “dacha,” or summer home, can be used as a filling for pies and blinis.

Russian-Style Preserved Apples Russian-Style Preserved Apples
This recipe of preserved apples can be used as a filling for pies and blinis.
Yield: makes 1 Quart


  • 6-8 tart apples (such as granny smith), peeled and cored
  • 1 large pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Quarter apples, then thinly slice into rings or small pieces. Mix together apples, cinnamon, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  2. Dissolve sugar in 2 cups water in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Add apples and any juice and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon hot apples into a hot, sterilized quart canning jar, pressing down with a sterilized spoon to pack firmly. Pour hot syrup over apples. Place lid on top of jar and screw on band. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Remove jar from pot and allow to cool completely. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.