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.
- 2 cups of flour
- 3 tablespoons powder sugar
- 1 egg
- 175 g/ 6 oz. cold butter
- half teaspoon salt
Sift flour into a bowl, add powder sugar, egg 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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6 thoughts on “Polish Apple Crumble – Szarlotka”
I feel there is something missing from this. Maybe and egg or two? What binds it, no water? I it is dry, even with the butter cut in. Please help me!
sorry for answearing so late, yes, you are correct, I forgot about an egg! Thank you!
please explain about the egg…I already made this once and it was delicious. What will the egg do? I am making again for Easter.
Hi Christine, egg in crumbles makes the dough stick together.
As far as I know vegans use substitutes like: grind linseed (2 tablespoons of linseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water is a substitute for 1 egg), forkblend banana ( half banana = 1 egg), starch (1 tablespoon starch = 1 egg)
but one question, did you or did not add an egg?
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