Polish Apple Crumble – Szarlotka

I love the flavor of Polish Apple Crumble – Szarlotka in my house – buttery, with a bit of cinnamon. My children love it too, so I make it quite often.

As long as it is Autumn, I try to make the best of it, apples are now the freshest and the cheapest in the whole year.

Polish Apple Crumble - Szarlotka served on a plate



  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3 tablespoons powder sugar
  • 175 g/ 6 oz. cold butter
  • half teaspoon salt

Sift flour into a bowl, add powder sugar and salt. Cut butter into small pieces and rub quickly into flour and sugar with fingers. You can use also a food processor – it’s even better because butter would not get melted from your hands.

Form a dough into flat ball, cover with cling foil and refrigerate for half an hour.

In the meantime prepare apples and crumble:

  • 6 semi-sour apples
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 ts cinnamon
  • 2 tbs lemon juice

Core, peel and slice the apples. Place them in a sauce pan, add few tablespoons of water, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice. Simmer for about 12 minutes, not too long to have apples still in chunks, not as a marmalade.

  • 1 heaped cup all wheat purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 120 g/ 4 oz. cold butter sliced

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, quickly knead till the mixture is forming crumbs.

Polish Apple Crumble – Szarlotka assembling:

Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F.

Take round baking pan 28 cm diameter. Cover the bottom with baking paper.

Roll out the dough and transfer it to a baking pan. Lay out a layer of apples. Scatter crumble generously over the apples- because there is no ‘too much crumble’ possible 🙂

Bake 60 minutes on the middle shelve of the oven.

Enjoy your Polish Apple Crumble – Szarlotka with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Try also my recipe for Polish Poppy Seed Roll.

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