Szarlotka (Polish Apple Cake)

22 October 2016

Like many, I am still working through the 50lbs or so of apples that we picked at the apple orchard a couple of weeks ago. Every year I seem to always end up making this old school polish cake (Szarlotka), a recipe I tried to coax out of a co-worker once after she brought in her grandma's version. She would not divulge much, which I respect, so I was left to my own devices and had to loosely interpret a few non-english recipes which got me close enough.

I think about this every time I make it and then about my grandma and her famous apple pie. One reason I don't make apple pie often is because my grandma made the best (as many people's grandmas do) and it makes me a little sad that I can't remember how she made it (and sometimes a little sad in general). It wasn't your classic apple pie, it was very tart, the crust was perfectly flaky. By her own admission, she was no domestic goddess, but what she did, she did well. And I hope my little one will someday remember such things fondly.

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Szarlotka (Polish Apple Cake)

Recipe for Szarlotka (Polish Apple Cake)

Szarlotka (Polish Apple Cake)

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Yield: 8-10S


- 4 1/4 cups flour
- 12 T unsalted butter (2 sticks + 2 T)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 t baking powder
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 T cream
- 4 - 5 apples (tart variety) sliced very thin
- 2 t cinnamon
- 2 t sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (optional - instructions below)


Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, eggs and cream together, then cut in butter until course meal.

Take 1/3 and set aside.

Take the rest and press into the bottom of a greased springform pan.

Bake for 10 - 15 at 375F.

Let cool, mix apples with cinnamon and 2 t sugar gently so you don't break slices.

Spread slices in layers until complete.

Mix rest of dough with maple syrup while maintaining crumbly texture.

Top apples with dough crumbles.

Bake at 350F for 45 - 60 minutes until top is golden brown.

Enjoy! Enjoy!



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