Polish Apple Pie (Szarlotka)


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Recipe for traditional Polish Apple Pie! Easy to prepare, delicious and unique. Made with perfectly crispy, buttery shortcrust, it will not disappoint apple fans! Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with ice cream. Say hello to winter with this sweet recipe! 🙂

Polish Apple Pie

There are tons of different recipes for apple pie in Poland! There is a traditional apple pie, there is the one with an addition of other fruits such as oranges, raspberries, or rhubarb, and there’s the one with pudding or with meringue. And that’s just the beginning!

We definitely love apple cakes in Poland. 🙂

The recipe I am sharing today is super easy and ridiculously delicious. It’s the traditional Polish apple pie, but I have a few suggestions if you want to try something a bit different!

This recipe will not disappoint fans of the classic apple pie.

Recipe for traditional Polish Apple Pie! Easy to prepare, delicious and unique. Made with perfectly crispy, buttery shortcrust, it will not disappoint apple fans! Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with ice cream. Say hello to winter with this sweet recipe! :)
Recipe for traditional Polish Apple Pie! Easy to prepare, delicious and unique. Made with perfectly crispy, buttery shortcrust, it will not disappoint apple fans! Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with ice cream. Say hello to winter with this sweet recipe! :)

Polish Apple Pie Ingredients Checklist

This is an easy recipe for Polish apple cake, so you’ll need just a few pantry staples.

Here’s what you need for the pastry:

  • Regular, wheat flour – use regular flour, not self-rising.
  • Cornflour – it will make the pastry more crispy.
  • White sugar – you can also use light brown sugar.
  • Cold butter and lard – you can only use butter, but adding a bit of lard makes the pastry even better. It adds a unique flavor and I wouldn’t skip it!
  • Eggs

For the apple filling:

  • Tart apples – traditionally Poles use sour apples for the apple pie.
  • Sugar – white or light brown. You can also use honey!
  • Butter – just a bit.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon

If you want to try something a bit different add a pinch of dried rosemary or thyme! It sounds crazy, but it is delicious. It’s even more delicious if you add a few spoons of orange or raspberry marmalade! Combine thyme with orange marmalade and rosemary with raspberry one. Highly recommended! 🙂

Optional toppings to serve:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream

This apple cake tastes the best served at room-temperature just with powdered sugar.

Recipe for traditional Polish Apple Pie! Easy to prepare, delicious and unique. Made with perfectly crispy, buttery shortcrust, it will not disappoint apple fans! Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with ice cream. Say hello to winter with this sweet recipe! :)
Recipe for traditional Polish Apple Pie! Easy to prepare, delicious and unique. Made with perfectly crispy, buttery shortcrust, it will not disappoint apple fans! Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with ice cream. Say hello to winter with this sweet recipe! :)

How to make it

Making the Polish apple pie can be divided into 3 steps:

  1. Making the shortcrust pastry. All you need to do is to mix the ingredients, divide the pastry into 2 and shape balls. Chill the first ball the fridge, and put the second one into the freezer!
  2. Making the apple filling. As simple as cooking the apples with butter, sugar, and seasoning until fall-apart soft!
  3. Putting everything together and baking the cake. Transfer the first part of the pastry to take a baking dish, add apples, grate the frozen pastry to cover the apples. Bake!

It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s simple and quick. You don’t need any special baking skills to make Polish apple pie!

Recipe for traditional Polish Apple Pie! Easy to prepare, delicious and unique. Made with perfectly crispy, buttery shortcrust, it will not disappoint apple fans! Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with ice cream. Say hello to winter with this sweet recipe! :)
Recipe for traditional Polish Apple Pie! Easy to prepare, delicious and unique. Made with perfectly crispy, buttery shortcrust, it will not disappoint apple fans! Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with ice cream. Say hello to winter with this sweet recipe! :)

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AuthorEwaCategory, , DifficultyIntermediate

Recipe for traditional Polish Apple Pie! Easy to prepare, delicious and unique. Made with perfectly crispy, buttery shortcrust, it will not disappoint apple fans! Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with ice cream. Say hello to winter with this sweet recipe! 🙂

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time20 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time1 hr

Click on the servings to scale the recipe to your needs.

Click a timer link in the recipe to start a countdown clock. 

In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

Crust
 250 g Plain flour
 150 g Cornstarch
 50 g White sugar
 200 g Butter (cold)
 50 g Lard (or more butter)
 1 Egg
Apples
 1 kg Tart apples (you can add more, up to 1.5 kg)
 ½ cup White sugar
 1 tbsp Butter
 1 tbsp Lemon juice
 1 tsp Cinnamon
 2 tsp Vanilla extract
 2 pinches Dried thyme or rosemary (optional)
 3 tbsp Orange marmalade (if using thyme) or raspberry marmalade (if using rosemary) (optional))
To serve
 Powdered sugar
 Vanilla ice cream (optional)
 Whipped cream (optional)

1

On a working surface or in a big bowl mix together flour, cornstarch, chopped butter, egg, lard, and sugar. Using your fingers rub the butter with the rest of the ingredients until the crumble is formed. Then knead the dough more energetically, combining everything into a ball. Knead the dough just until all the ingredients are combined and you're able to shape the ball. Don't over work it.

2

Divide the dough into 2 balls and put each in the zipper or plastic bag. Transfer one ball into the fridge, and the second one into the freezer. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Apples
3

In the meantime, wash, peel and roughly chop the apples.

4

Heat a large pot over medium-low heat. Add apples, butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.

5

Cook for around 15 minutes, stirring often.

6

Break the apples with a wooden spoon or potato masher, when cooked and soft.

7

Optionally, throw in a few tablespoons of marmalade and a pinch of dried herbs.

Assembling the cake
8

Heat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees.

9

Prepare a baking mold (about 20 x 30 cm) or a round cake tin (30 cm) - thickly grease it with butter and lay out with baking paper (optionally). Depending on the size of your tray, the pie will be less/ more thicker.

10

Remove the ball of the dough from the fridge and slice it. Using your fingers lay out the bottom of the baking tray with the dough.

11

Add a filling of roasted apples.

12

Remove the ball of the dough from the freezer.

13

Using the grater or shredder, grate the frozen dough directly over the apple filling.

14

Bake for about 40 minutes[/cooked-timer,] until golden brown.

15

Serve the apple pie at room-temperature sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Ingredients

Crust
 250 g Plain flour
 150 g Cornstarch
 50 g White sugar
 200 g Butter (cold)
 50 g Lard (or more butter)
 1 Egg
Apples
 1 kg Tart apples (you can add more, up to 1.5 kg)
 ½ cup White sugar
 1 tbsp Butter
 1 tbsp Lemon juice
 1 tsp Cinnamon
 2 tsp Vanilla extract
 2 pinches Dried thyme or rosemary (optional)
 3 tbsp Orange marmalade (if using thyme) or raspberry marmalade (if using rosemary) (optional))
To serve
 Powdered sugar
 Vanilla ice cream (optional)
 Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

1

On a working surface or in a big bowl mix together flour, cornstarch, chopped butter, egg, lard, and sugar. Using your fingers rub the butter with the rest of the ingredients until the crumble is formed. Then knead the dough more energetically, combining everything into a ball. Knead the dough just until all the ingredients are combined and you're able to shape the ball. Don't over work it.

2

Divide the dough into 2 balls and put each in the zipper or plastic bag. Transfer one ball into the fridge, and the second one into the freezer. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Apples
3

In the meantime, wash, peel and roughly chop the apples.

4

Heat a large pot over medium-low heat. Add apples, butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.

5

Cook for around 15 minutes, stirring often.

6

Break the apples with a wooden spoon or potato masher, when cooked and soft.

7

Optionally, throw in a few tablespoons of marmalade and a pinch of dried herbs.

Assembling the cake
8

Heat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees.

9

Prepare a baking mold (about 20 x 30 cm) or a round cake tin (30 cm) - thickly grease it with butter and lay out with baking paper (optionally). Depending on the size of your tray, the pie will be less/ more thicker.

10

Remove the ball of the dough from the fridge and slice it. Using your fingers lay out the bottom of the baking tray with the dough.

11

Add a filling of roasted apples.

12

Remove the ball of the dough from the freezer.

13

Using the grater or shredder, grate the frozen dough directly over the apple filling.

14

Bake for about 40 minutes[/cooked-timer,] until golden brown.

15

Serve the apple pie at room-temperature sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Polish Apple Pie (Szarlotka)

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8 Comments

  1. Jenny Walters 28 November 2019 at 07:01

    Fabulous recipe for a fabulous apple pie! I adore apple pie, apple anything really and this looks so good. I love the simplicity of it as well as the idea of grating over the pastry. Thank you so much for sharing it with #BakingCrumbs it does look absolutely delicious.

    Reply
  2. Life Diet Health 29 November 2019 at 11:59

    Ewa this looks like a delicious apple pie. We usually use tart apples specifically for baking so I understand the use of ‘sour’ apples. Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday – I hope you enjoy the Fiesta!

    Reply
  3. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome 29 November 2019 at 13:18

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Can’t wait to what other recipes you’ll bring next week!

    Reply
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  5. Cat | Curly's Cooking 1 December 2019 at 14:47

    I love apple pie and this looks like a delicious version! Can I have cream with mine 🙂

    Reply
  6. Miz Helen 3 December 2019 at 16:46

    Your Polish Apple Pie looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    Reply
  7. Karren Haller 5 December 2019 at 16:19

    Your pie looks delicious, thank you for sharing on Friday Features last week and this week I am sharing your post on our party, please stop by and share again!
    Happy Holidays!

    Reply

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