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Apple Pancakes from Poland

Updated: Apr 20

Are you ready to prepare my delicious childhood snack? Today, I will guide you through a super simple recipe for Polish Apple Pancakes, also known as "Racuchy z Jabłkami". These pancakes are not only easy to make but also extra fluffy, thanks to the egg foaming technique. Don't worry if you don't have a hand mixer, a whisk will do just fine. Apple pancakes are perfect for both kids and adults as a snack or dessert. So, let's get started and enjoy the cooking process!

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Polish Apple Pancakes (Racuchy z Jabłkami)

What is Racuchy?

Racuchy is a super yummy Polish treat that's similar to pancakes. They've been around for ages and are a staple of Polish cuisine.

Basically, Racuchy are small, fluffy pancakes that are typically made with flour, eggs, and yeast. The traditional recipe also includes grated apples, which gives them a slightly sweet and fruity taste.

There are plenty of variations of Racuchy out there, too. Some people like to add other fruits, like blueberries or raspberries, to the batter. Others might add a bit of cinnamon or vanilla extract to give them an extra kick of flavour.

Racuchy are a beloved dessert in Poland, and they're definitely worth trying if you're ever in the mood for something sweet and comforting.


This recipe makes: 6 portions

Ingredients for Polish Apple Pancakes:

  • 2 medium-sized apples, peeled and diced into small pieces

  • 1egg

  • 3tbsp of sugar

  • 1tsp of baking powder

  • 1.5 cups of plain flour (185g)

  • 0.5 cup of milk (125ml)

  • 1/2 lemon juice (skip if your apples are already very sour)

  • 1tsp of vanilla extract

  • oil for frying

  • icing sugar for dusting

How to prepare Polish Apple Pancakes:

1. In a bowl, mix the diced apples with the juice of half a lemon. Set aside until later. Skip the lemon juice if the apples are already sour enough.

2. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk 1 egg and 3 tbsp of sugar until pale yellow, which should take around 2 minutes.

3. Add 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, and milk. Whisk the mixture until it's smooth and free of lumps. If the batter seems too thick, add 20ml more milk. Keep in mind that higher protein flour absorbs more liquid.

4. Fold in the diced apples and mix them into the batter. (Alternatively you can grate them instead for different texture)

5. Heat a frying pan over medium heat with 1 tbsp of oil. Add 2 tbsp of pancake mix to the pan, and spread it slightly into the desired shape. Fry the pancake on each side for around 2 minutes. If the pancake browns too quickly, turn down the heat.

6. Once the pancake is cooked, dust it with icing sugar, and enjoy your delicious Polish apple pancake (Racuchy z Jabłkami)!

FAQs for the recipe:

  • Can I use a different type of fruit instead of apples in this recipe? Yes, you can definitely experiment with other types of fruit if you prefer. Blueberries or raspberries are a popular choice, but you can try using peaches, strawberries, or any other fruit you like.

  • Can I make the batter in advance and store it in the fridge? It's best to make the batter fresh and use it right away for the best results. However, you can make the batter ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Just make sure to give it a good stir before using it, as the batter may separate and thicken as it sits.

  • Do I need a hand mixer to make the batter? No, you can use a whisk to mix the ingredients together. While a hand mixer can make the job easier and faster, a whisk will work just fine.

  • Can I use a non-stick pan to make these pancakes? Yes, a non-stick pan will work well for making these pancakes. Just be sure to use a little bit of oil or butter to prevent sticking.

  • Can I freeze the pancakes for later? Yes, you can freeze the pancakes for later. Just make sure to let them cool completely before placing them in an airtight container or freezer bag. To reheat, simply place them in the oven or toaster oven until they're heated through.

Variations for this recipe:

  • Blueberry Racuchy - Instead of apples, add 1 cup of fresh blueberries to the batter. You can also sprinkle some extra blueberries on top before serving.

  • Cinnamon Racuchy - Add 1 tsp of ground cinnamon to the batter for a warm and cozy flavour. You can also dust some extra cinnamon on top of the pancakes.

  • Chocolate Chip Racuchy - Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the batter for a sweet and indulgent treat. You can also drizzle some melted chocolate on top of the pancakes.

  • Banana and Nutella Racuchy - Slice 1 banana and spread 1 tsp of Nutella on top of each pancake before adding the banana slices. Fold the pancakes in half and serve warm.

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Racuchy - Add 1 tbsp of poppy seeds and the zest of 1 lemon to the batter for a fresh and tangy flavour. You can also serve the pancakes with a drizzle of lemon juice and some honey.

  • Savoury Racuchy - Omit the sugar and vanilla extract from the batter, and add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of chopped chives. Serve the savory pancakes with some sour cream or cream cheese on top.

  • Nutty Racuchy - Add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter for a crunchy and nutty flavour. You can also serve the pancakes with some maple syrup or honey on top.

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