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I have been craving my mother’s cooking lately; Polish recipes that exist in her mind and yellow tattered papers strapped together in an old binder. Food from my childhood consisted of naleśniki, bigos, barszcz and pierogi – polish pancakes, hunters stew, beet soup and perogies – just to name a few. Lately I’ve been feeding my daughter many new and different things, her taste buds have developed quite a bit and she’s exploring flavours, textures and food I’ve never seen her eat before. And I’m more than eager to feed her some genuine Polish food.
Placki z jabłkam translates to Polish cakes, and it’s not a traditionally seen as a Polish pancake either. These ‘placki’ are delicious. And yummy. And eaten warm sprinkled with powder sugar it becomes heaven on a plate. And my darling Princess can devour all her pancakes in one sitting, which is quite a success for a four year old.
I’ve also been trying to cook and bake more with my daughter, which is something she very much enjoys. She likes helping with everything, and does a pretty good job with not only licking spoons clean but mixing eggs and dipping her finger in flour, thinking it was sweet like sugar.
Firstly I sliced some apples up, cutting out the cores after. You can use any apples you wish, today I had pink lady apples! Then, we crack open the two eggs and seperate the whites from the yolks. Add two tablespoons of sugar in with the yolks and mix it until pale. In the egg white bowl, mix until soft peaks form – you want definite fluff but don’t overdo it!
Then add a pinch of salt, 8 – 10 tablespoons of sour cream, and 100-120 grams of flour. Sounds crazy? It work, trust me. Mix it all up, and then add the beaten egg whites. Now – test your batter. It’s going to be thick, but remember, you have to dip apple slices into it without them breaking – if you feel it’s too thick add some more sour cream, just a little bit at a time, alternately if you think it’s too thin, add more flour!
Dip the apples and then turn over, making sure to coat the entire apple. Then on a frying pan on medium heat, add some oil to coat, and carefully drop the batter-coated apple onto it.
The pancakes will develop a beautiful brown colour – don’t be afraid of a little colour!
See how gorgeous they look? They shouldn’t take more than a few minutes on each side, but it all depends on your frying pan.
And then very generously dust the pancakes with powdered sugar – it’s so scrumptious!! They don’t come out fluffy like a normal “pancake”, they are rather dense and so satisfying with the juicy apple on the inside. Trust me, these aren’t “healthy” by all means but are definitely a warm way to remember my childhood, or make new memories with my child.
Polish Apple Pancakes; placki z jabłkam
- 3 apples, peeled and sliced into circles (about 1/2 cm thick)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- pinch of salt
- 8 – 10 tablespoons of sour cream
- 100 – 120 grams of flour
- Oil (for frying)
- powder sugar (for dusting)
1 Seperate egg yolks and egg whites into seperate bowls.
2 Beat egg yolks with sugar until the mixture is pale.
3 Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
4 To egg yolks add: salt, sour cream, flour and beaten egg whites.
5 Heat up oil on a frying pan on medium heat.
6 Dip an apple slice into the batter, then flip it over to coat both sides evenly. Place on frying pan. Flip pancake when it becomes golden brown, then when the other side is the same colour, take it off. Sprinkle with powder sugar and eat!