Mazurek – Polish Easter Pastry


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Looking for Easter treats ideas? Look no further! This wonderful Mazurek – Polish Easter Pastry will totally satisfy your needs! The crunchy, buttery base is topped with dulce de leche, roasted salted nuts, chopped chocolate, and cookies! Irresistible! This simple, delicious cake is a must during Easter in Poland, and after you try it, it’ll be a must for you too!

Mazurek – Polish Easter Pastry

For those of you who are new to Polish cuisine, here’s what you need to know about Mazurek. Mazurek is a sweet, flat pastry baked during Easter in Poland.

Traditional Mazurek is made with a crunchy, buttery shortcrust base that consists of flour, butter, sugar, egg yolk, and sour cream. Then, you can cover it with whatever you like! The most common toppings include kajmak (dulce de leche/caramel made from condensed milk), fruit marmalades, melted chocolate, halva cream, nuts, shredded coconut, and dried fruits.

There’s plenty of freedom here! You can make a completely unique version of Mazurek that suits your needs!

When it comes to my Mazurek, I covered it with kajmak (dulce de leche/caramel made of condensed milk), which is one of the most popular Mazurek toppings. But to give it a little twist, I decorated it with roasted salted cashews and peanuts, chopped dark chocolate, and Oreo cookies. It’s irresistible!

The buttery base, beautiful caramel topping, salty nuts, and crunchy Oreo cookies. It tastes as amazing as it looks like!

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

How to make Mazurek

Something that I truly love about this Easter cake is how easy it is to make. The recipe is simple and you don’t need any special baking skills! All you need to do is to mix the base ingredients, transfer it to the baking tray, and bake for 15-20 minutes! Then, you decorate it. You can even make the shortcrust base a day or two before decorating it!

For my Mazurek, I used a can of kajmak (dulce de leche) that I bought at the supermarket. But making your own kajmak (dulce de leche) at home is super easy. Like boiling a can of condensed milk easy.

Here’s how to make kajmak (dulce de leche) at home:

  1. Buy a can of sweetened condensed milk and remove the labels.
  2. Place the can in a large pot and cover with water – the can should be below the water.
  3. Bring to boil and simmer for around 2-3h – make sure that the can is always below the water.
  4. Remove from the water and let it cool down.

Enjoy!

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

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Looking for Easter treats ideas? Look no further! This wonderful Mazurek will totally satisfy your needs! The crunchy, buttery base is topped with dulce de leche, roasted salted nuts, chopped chocolate, and cookies! Irresistible! This simple, delicious cake is a must during Easter in Poland, and after you try it, it'll be a must for you too!

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

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Shortcrust base
 250 g Plain flour
 150 g Butter
 3 Egg yolks
  cup Icing sugar
 1 tsp Baking powder
 3 tbsp Sour cream (optional)
Topping
 400 g Dulce de leche (kajmak)
 100 g Salted, roasted nuts
 50 g Dark chocolate (chopped)
 6 Oreo cookies (chopped)

1

Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees.

2

Cut the butter into cubes. In a big bowl, mix together and knead all of the shortcrust ingredients until you're able to form a bowl. Don't knead too much - just enough to mix all the ingredients.

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

3

Cover with foil and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

4

Remove from the fridge and divide into smaller pieces.

5

Grease the baking tray and lay down with baking paper. Then, transfer the dough and press firmly into the bottom of your tray, until it's all covered with a layer of the dough. Make some holes with the fork.

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

6

Bake for around 15 minutes.
until it's golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

7

Now you can decorate it! I poured over a can of dulce de leche (kajmak) and topped it with chopped nuts, dark chocolate, and Oreo cookies.

8

Keep your Mazurek covered in the fridge.

Ingredients

Shortcrust base
 250 g Plain flour
 150 g Butter
 3 Egg yolks
  cup Icing sugar
 1 tsp Baking powder
 3 tbsp Sour cream (optional)
Topping
 400 g Dulce de leche (kajmak)
 100 g Salted, roasted nuts
 50 g Dark chocolate (chopped)
 6 Oreo cookies (chopped)

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees.

2

Cut the butter into cubes. In a big bowl, mix together and knead all of the shortcrust ingredients until you're able to form a bowl. Don't knead too much - just enough to mix all the ingredients.

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

3

Cover with foil and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

4

Remove from the fridge and divide into smaller pieces.

5

Grease the baking tray and lay down with baking paper. Then, transfer the dough and press firmly into the bottom of your tray, until it's all covered with a layer of the dough. Make some holes with the fork.

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

6

Bake for around 15 minutes.
until it's golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

7

Now you can decorate it! I poured over a can of dulce de leche (kajmak) and topped it with chopped nuts, dark chocolate, and Oreo cookies.

8

Keep your Mazurek covered in the fridge.

Mazurek – Polish Easter Pastry

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Mazurek - Polish Easter Pastry

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