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Polish Apple Pie Szarlotka


Polish Apple Pie Szarlotka

Ingredients:


For the Crust

4 c unbleached all-purpose flour
½ c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 c (1/2 lb) salted butter, softened
4 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbsp milk

For the Filling

2 lbs firm baking apple (Gala, McIntosh, or Pink Lady), peeled, cored, and sliced
2 lbs soft baking apple (Braeburn, Red Delicious, or Fuji), peeled, cored, and sliced
2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:


For the Crust

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender or a fork, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until the mixture is evenly moist.

Add the milk, 1 Tbsp at a time, mixing with your hands after each addition until a firm but slightly sticky dough forms. (Add extra milk if necessary.)

Turn the dough onto the counter and knead a few times, quickly (it may stick to the counter a bit) to finish bringing the dough together.

Divide the dough into two pieces, roughly 2/3 and 1/3 of the dough. Wrap the smaller section in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes, while you continue working.

Press the larger section into a greased 9” springform pan.

Bake the bottom crust in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until it is puffy and starting to turn golden around the edges. When the crust is done, remove it from the oven to a cooling rack.

For the Filling

While the bottom crust is baking, mix the apples and cinnamon in a large sauté pan or large pot. Heat the apples over medium-high heat and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until the apples soften slightly and the mixture becomes fragrant. Remove the mixture from the heat.

Putting It All Together

Spread the warm filling over the warm crust. (It will look like you have A LOT of apples. Don’t worry; they cook down.)

Take the last 1/3 of the crust out of the freezer and grate it over the apple filling using a cheese grater (or crumble it over top of the apples using your fingers).

Place an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet in the oven on the rack below where the pie will go, to catch any dripping from the springform pan.

Return the pie to the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden.

Cooling and Serving

Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a cooling rack.

Once the pie is cool it can be served or covered lightly with plastic wrap and left on the counter overnight, to be served the following day.

(This pie is great when made a day ahead of time because the flavors develop and the crust softens overnight.)

Enjoy ...

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