Szarlotka - Polish Apple pasty

Nor M.


This is a Polish type of pastry. Although the Polish call it cake. It is more of a non yeast pastry filled with apples and cinnamon. I love it! I enjoy going back to my roots. My Grandma came from Poland to The USA in the early 1900's. She was cramped in on a ship with many others who came to the USA. They barely had breathing space on the ship. They all sailed in to NY. She moved to MA with many others. She loved baking. I learned by watching her. She barely spoke any English at all. I loved all of the unusual desserts,and breads she made. I decided to make this in memory of her. Enjoy!

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30 Min


40 Min




good size apples
1 c
5 Tbsp
light brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp
3 3/4 c
1 tsp
baking powder
1 stick
butter (1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons)
1 c
caster sugar( granulated sugar put in food processor and pulse for 1 min. to make if finer)
whole egg
egg yolks plus at room temperature
1 Tbsp
plain greek yogurt
1 Tbsp
lemon zest
1 tsp


powdered sugar for dusting,and or whipped cream
1 tsp
cinnamon folded in to whipped cream

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat oven to 325 degree's.Grease and line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper. Zest a tablespoon of lemon peel and set aside.
peel and core apples. Slice thinly about 20 slices per apple. Squeeze juice from lemon over the apples to prevent browning. Put apples in large kettle add the water,brown sugar,and cinnamon. cook for 5 minutes until some what tender.Remove from heat to cool.
make the dough: place the flour,baking powder in a food processor. Pulse to combine.add the chopped cold butter.pulse again until it is crumbly.
add the caster sugar,egg yolks, whole egg, yogurt,lemon zest,and vanilla. Pulse until it comes together to form dough. Dump dough on to floured surface.It will be sticky. Flour the dough and your hands. Make in to a ball.
Split dough in half. Freeze half the dough in plastic wrap for later use.
Roll dough a few inches and wider than the lined pan. Place in pan,and half way up the inside walls of pan. Prick dough with fork in several areas and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Remove apples from pan to dough with a slotted spoon.After it is filled with apples. Take half of the liquid left from cooking the apples,and pour evenly over the apples.
When the other half of dough is frozen. Remove from freezer and grate the dough over the top of the apples. Place in oven and bake about 40-45 minutes. The pastry will not be real brown. If you want a more golden brown look. Place under broiler for a couple of minutes. Remove from oven to cool.
Lift apple pastry from pan by parchment paper. Cut in to slices. Dust with powdered sugar,and serve with cinnamon whip cream if desired. I like ice cream with mine!!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Polish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Soy Free
Other Tag: For Kids