My goal for 2018 is to master a new Polish recipe every month. I mean, how can I be Polish Ola and not be a master of a bunch of Polish stuff? In the words of Jackie Chiles, “That’s totally inappropriate. It’s lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!”
I mean, maybe not lewd or salacious, but it would be an outrage. I want to learn the dishes of my childhood and more. There aren’t really any Polish cooking shows on the Food Network (and I can only take so much of Giada’s cleavage in my face..talk about lewd and salacious!), so I made a list of all the dishes. So far, I made potato pancakes, gulasz, and now these apple pancakes which are called racuchy z jabłkami. I’m not even going to attempt to tell you how to pronounce this…just check out google translate.
I get that in three months, I made two pancakes, but these are totally different. Potato pancakes in Polish are placki, while these are racuchy. If you ever make them, or just look at my photos, you’ll see their different. There is only one way to describe them in English, but in Polish, you have like 5 words to describe the same thing. This is probably one of the reasons why us Polish people can be a bit of a demanding bunch. We just have high standards!
So like most of my recipes, I decided to make these at like 9 pm on a weeknight and went to bed later because I can’t organize my time. However, these were really good! They are thicker than a typical pancake, but they are so fluffy and light. You can make them savoury but I just dusted them with powdered sugar and a bit of cinnamon.
I usually don’t expect my readers to make anything I post, I just want the website views, laughs and extensive compliments on my hilarity and craftiness. However, this one I’d say would be delicious to try.
Apple Pancakes Recipe (aka Racuchy z Jabłkami)
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 Tbs sugar
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cup warm milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp butter, melted
3-4 apples, chopped
1 cup oil for frying
1 Tbs powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix flour, yeast, sugar and salt into one bowl. Add in the warm milk, eggs, melted butter. Cover the bowl and place in warm area so it can rise for over an hour.
Prep the apples and cut them into small cubes. I did this right before the dough was ready so I could just add them in right away. Mix in the apples. It will be a bit of a pain because the dough is thick (that’s what she said).
Use a bigger pan and add in about ½ cm of your frying oil. I like to use avocado oil because I don’t trust canola oil (never have, never will) and everyone is always freaking out about how amazing avocados are, so might as well. Plus, I don’t fry often. Heat the oil to about medium-high (I start with medium and gradually raise since I once almost burnt the kitchen down trying to deep fry onions). You can toss in a small blob of the dough and if it bubbles, you know the oil is ready.
I like using a metal soup ladle to scoop because it can cut through the thick dough and helps portion size it. You want these apple pancakes to be medium but thick in size (not gonna say it again, but he he he). Once in the pan, squish them down so they’re thinner, but they won’t be as thin as a pancake…and they’ll be lumpy af. Fry these about 3 minutes per size until they’re nice and browned.
Honest note: at first when I was frying these, I thought, Oh shit….this what a giant mistake. The batter is a b*tch to mix and work with. It sticks to everything. I put some oil on my utensils to easily plop out the dough into the pan. And then the dough was so friggen thick and difficult to flatten in the pan. But then I did a couple and I ate one and it was so delicious! It takes a bit of getting used to especially since I generally make crepes, which are thin.
But for reals. These are the shit. I put powdered sugar and cinnamon on top. You can put syrup, whipped cream, fruit or whatever you want on them. Oh and this recipe made around 15 apple pancakes, so I made a couple at home, refrigerated the dough. The next day, I let it come to room temperature and then fried off the rest at my parents house because there is no way I’m eating 15 of these.