Polish Apple Pie Bars (Szarlotka)

So this is kind of a pie.

And its kind of a crumble.

Its also kind of bars.

is Polish for apple pie. But this particular kind of Polish szarlotka is often made in a large square or rectangular tin and then cut into bars.

The base is kind of like cake, something called biszkopt.

Then there is a layer of deliciously soft apples (I tried to make extra apples for a thicker layer but they kind of get swallowed up by the cake so add more, more, PILE them on).

Then, the best part, is the crumble on top.

Yum yum buttery sugary crumbly crumble.

Its officially the beginning of spring, so I though I’d bake with some fruit. Even though its totally already been spring for about a month, as the sun has been shining, the flowers have blossomed and I have been constantly sneezing (hayfever!).

Loosely adapted from Spicy Ice Cream, whose recipe comes from Donna Hay.

Apple filling
8 large green apples, peeled and diced
2 tbsp sugar
10g unsalted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp corn flour

Preheat the oven to 160C and line a 28 x 35 cm (12 x 15 inch) tin with baking paper.

Put your apples, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and mix well. Put on the smallest burner and on the lowest heat. Cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes until soft, stirring every 5 minutes or so.

The base
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/4 cup plain flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp milk

Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the egg and beat until combined.

Turn the mixer to low. Add the flour, baking powder and milk and mix until incorporated.

Spread into the tin. Top the base with the apple mixture (LOTS of it! Even if it looks like too much!).

The crumble
1 1/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup caster sugar
125g unsalted butter, cubed

Put all the ingredients into a large bowl. Rub with your fingertips, incorporating the butter into the flour, until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Sprinkle all the crumble mixture over the apples.

Bake for 45 -60 minutes, until lightly golden.

10 Thoughts on “Polish Apple Pie Bars (Szarlotka)

  1. I love your Apple pie!!! Salivating here, your post just got me craving for some apple pie :) looks really delicious. Nice blog.

  2. wow! very very nice cake.
    i love the pictures.
    happy new year from tel aviv.

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  4. Lidia on June 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm said:

    I made this for my Polish husband. He loved it and thought it was definitely worth the effort, but…it wasn’t the same as his Babcia’s. The quest continues!

    • Hahah hi Lidia! I’m glad you made this and liked it! But you know what? There are sooo many szarlotka recipes and variations out there, that finding one the same as Babcia’s, without finding Babcia’s recipe, is going to be tricky! Good luck! :-)

  5. Marta on June 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm said:

    I have just made this….and it feels I’m back home in Babcia’s kitchen waiting for the cake to come out of the oven so that I can burn my tongue on a too hot piece..szarlotka all the way! Biszkopt was a bit chewy, but I like it that way – normally Biszkopt is quite spongy and light but I think I messed something up when I was mixing it (happy mistake) :):):):)

    Really happy I have found your blog as you have recipes for some of my favourite treats, I have not thought of in a long time. And now I can make them myself! :)

    Powodzenia with your future ventures and I’ll be back!


    • Hi Marta! So happy to read this :-)
      I am forever homesick for Poland and the delicious food, so I know the feeling!
      I hope you enjoy the other recipes too :-)

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