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German and Polish Apple Pie

Harvest was plentiful this year. We had pears, plums, red currants, hazelnuts, tomatoes… and apples. Additionally, a friend gave us apples from her garden and I was busy making apple pie, and some more apple pie. I give you two recipes for apple pie because they’re both wonderful and I just couldn’t decide. One is a Polish apple pie (my friend’s recipe) while the other is my mother-in-law’s. Try both and see for yourselves. One is with merignue, while the other is interesting because it’s covered- more like a tarte tatin.
Polish apple pie
One is from my friend Kora and she kindly gave me permission to post the recipe here. It is a Polish recipe, the cake is called “szarlotka” (charlotte), and it has a crusty bottom and meringue on top. It is also extremely delicious- and easy! The cake I made was somewhat too crumbly, but still delicious! The cool thing about this recipe is that you use the egg yolk for the crust and then use the egg whites for meringue. That way no eggs get wasted. 
Polish Apple Pie (szarlotka)
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5267 calories
839 g
1352 g
190 g
75 g
112 g
2241 g
360 g
508 g
7 g
64 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5267
Calories from Fat 1677
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 190g
Saturated Fat 112g
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 52g
Cholesterol 1352mg
Sodium 360mg
Total Carbohydrates 839g
Dietary Fiber 34g
Sugars 508g
Protein 75g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the dough
  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 200g butter
  3. 5 egg yolks
  4. 0,5 cups sugar
  5. 1 package vanilla sugar
  6. 1,5 baking powder
For the filling
  1. 5-6 apples, grated
  2. (+some lemon juice if needed)
For the merengue
  1. 5 egg whites,
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon potato starch or maizena.
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 centigrees
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the dough and form a ball.
  3. Distribute 2/3 of the dough on a baking tray.
  4. Cover evenly with grated apples
  5. Add the merengue on top.
  6. Grate the remaining 1/3 dough on top of the cake.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, but check after 50 minutes
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German covered apple pie
This is my MIL’s recipe, and it is wonderful. I asked her to write it own for me and made it a while ago with our apples-delicious! The interesting thing about this cake is that it is covered with a layer of dough and the apples are underneath. I think if you skip the sugar in this recipe, you will get a nice dough for quiche- then of course you will have to change the filling as well. I wish I had a better photo of the cake, this was taken with my mobile phone. I wanted to take a picture with my camera, but it was gone before I could!
German Covered Apple Pie
A yummy apple pie.
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4280 calories
655 g
723 g
174 g
58 g
90 g
1993 g
172 g
368 g
5 g
70 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4280
Calories from Fat 1515
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 174g
Saturated Fat 90g
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 15g
Monounsaturated Fat 55g
Cholesterol 723mg
Sodium 172mg
Total Carbohydrates 655g
Dietary Fiber 42g
Sugars 368g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the dough
  1. 300g flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 4 tablespoon sour cream
  4. 150g butter or margarine
  5. 125g sugar
  6. 1 package vanilla sugar
For the filling
  1. 1kg acid apples
  2. 100g sugar
  3. 1 lemon
  4. 50g crashed almonds
  5. 50 grams raisins (golden raisins are best but others work as well)
  6. 1 egg yolk
  7. 1-2 teaspoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Mix together flour, egg, sour cream, butter, sugar and vanilla sugar and set asied in a cold place for an hour. Peel the apples, remove the seeds and cut them into thin stripes. Add sugar, lemon zest and juice, cover and set aside.
  3. Roll out the dough on a surface covered with flour. Cut out two circles- they should be as big as the form. Put one circle into the form and using a fork, cut little holes into it. If you have leftover dough scraps, press them on the sides of the form. Add almonds, raisins to the apple mixture and add to the form. Put the other dough circle on the pie s cover. Also cut little holes using a fork. Mix egg yolk and milk and "paint" the dough with it. If you have leftover dough scraps, roll them out and cut decorations out of them.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. If you think the pie is baking too quickly, use a layer of aluminium foil to put over the cake.
  5. Carefully take the cake out of its form and let cool.
  1. Serve with whipped cream.
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  • Reply Varya @ CWOV October 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

    How interesting! Our Charlotka has a different recipe! I love making apple pies and should write about it as well. We don’t get very nice apples here though.

    • Reply Olga Mecking October 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Varya, thank you for stopping by. There seem to be many recipes for charlotka, and some of them don’t include apples, and some of them are made without merengue! As for apple pies I love them and was looking for a good apple pie recipe, and couldn’t find any, but these two are pretty much my favourites!

  • Reply European Mama's Best Posts of 2013 December 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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