Polish Apple Pancakes Made With Yeast - Racuchy Z Jablkami

Polish Apple Pancakes
© G-M Studio -- Marek Gerstmann, Jerzy Malinowski
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
497 Calories
20g Fat
72g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 497
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 899mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 9g
Calcium 177mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Polish Apple Pancakes Recipe or racuchy z jabłkami (rrah-TSOO-hih z jah-boo-KAH-mee) is featured in two of chef Bogdan Gałązka's books --"The Taste of Gothic" (AWRT, 2015) and "The Cuisine of the Teutonic Grand Masters in Malbork Castle" (Multico, 2009). He has also written "The Cuisine of the Kings of Poland in Malbork Castle" (Multico, 2010).

This chef-historian is the co-owner and chef of the Gothic Café & Restaurant in Malbork Castle, the largest brick castle in the world near Gdansk, Poland, and the Baltic Sea. You might enjoy hearing chef Bogdan talk about shrimp in medieval Poland here.

Apple fritters or pancakes are common in Poland but this one is made with yeast.

While typical yeast doughs take about an hour to rise, the only rising required for this recipe is about 15 minutes for the sponge.


  • For the Sponge:
  • 1.76 ounces/50 g. fresh yeast
  • .17 ounces/5 g. sugar
  • 2 ounces/56.7 g. water (warm)
  • For the Pancake Batter:
  • 3 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • .63 ounces/18 g. vanilla sugar
  • 5 ounces/145 g. sugar
  • 16.9 ounces/500 ml. milk
  • 24.7 ounces/700 g. all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 17.6 ounces/500 g apples
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or as needed, for frying)
  • For the Cinnamon-Apple Sauce:
  • 17.6 ounces/500 g. apples
  • 16.9 ounces/500 ml. apple juice
  • 1 ounce/30 g. of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. To make the sponge: Mix the yeast with 0.17 ounces/5 g sugar and let stand in a warm place to rise.

  3. To make the pancake batter: Whisk the eggs with vanilla sugar and 5 ounces/145 g of sugar. Gradually add milk, flour, a pinch of salt and the risen yeast sponge. Using a wooden spoon, mix all the ingredients thoroughly and work the batter until air bubbles appear in it.

  4. Wash and peel 17.6 ounces/500 g apples and remove the seeds. Cut them into slices and submerge them in the batter and set aside in a warm place. Heat the oil in a large skillet and, using a spoon, add the batter with the slices of apple in the form of small pancakes. Fry over very low heat, turning from time to time to ensure they do not brown too much.

  5. To make the apple-cinnamon sauce: Wash and peel 17.6 ounces/500 g apples, remove the seeds and cut into slices. Pour the apple juice into a saucepan, add the apple slices, along with 1 ounce/30 g of sugar and cinnamon, and cook until the apples are soft. Put this into a mixer and blend to a smooth consistency.

  6. To serve: Serve the pancakes warm with a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar, fresh fruit and the cinnamon-apple sauce.