Polish Apple Pancakes

This Tuesday is Pancake Tuesday, aka Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday is the last day before Lent. Traditionally people would prepare for 40 days of fasting before Easter by eating all the fatty foods they possibly could. Unfortunately, I don’t have time on weekday mornings to make myself a pancake breakfast, so I decided to celebrate a few days early.

Generally I prefer crepes to pancakes, but these apple pancakes are the exception to that rule. My mom used to make them for me and my brother pretty often when we were kids. My memories might be a little exaggerated, but I remember being to eat tons of them in one sitting. The apples stay a little crisp, and have a bit a tart flavour. The tartness is balanced by maple syrup in this case. My mom usually sprinkles cinnamon and sugar on them, I think that might be my favourite way to eat them.

These are really easy to make. Apple slices are dipped into a standard pancake batter then fried in butter. You could use oil, but the flavour just isn’t the same. Top them with any syrup or sweetener you have.

Polish Apple Pancakes

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into rounds
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • butter for frying
  • maple syrup for serving
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the milk and eggs together. Add the flour, baking powder, melted butter, salt, and cinnamon. Stir together. If the batter is very lumpy set it aside for a few minutes to rest then stir again.
  2. Pour the apple slices into the batter and coat them.
  3. In a large frying pan melt about 1 tbsp of butter. When the pan is hot, place 2 or 3 apple slices in the oil. When the bottom is golden and the pancakes can easily be moved, flip and fry the other side.
  4. Repeat with remaining apple slices. (any left over batter can be used for regular pancakes)



29 thoughts on “Polish Apple Pancakes

  1. You tweeted pancakes today and poof here they are!
    I love the idea of dipping apples into pancake batter. I might have to sprinkle some brown over top of them too:)

  2. My ex-bf is Polish and he used to make these all the time! He could never really give me a recipe though – he would just laugh and say “I dunno – I just know how to make it look right before I fry them.” Thanks for this!

  3. These look amazing! I used to eat these a lot when I was little too – my Polish nanny would make them on Fridays during Lent. Brings back memories – I’ll definetly be giving these a try!

  4. I just made these and am a little confused by the lack of baking powder or soda? I wondered if they were supposed to come out crispy, but unfortunately my pancakes were soft (bordering on soggy) although the apples were still a little crisp. What am I doing wrong? thanks!

    1. You’re right the recipe should have 1/2 tsp baking powder. I’ll fix it.
      As for the sogginess, maybe the oil wasn’t hot enough? They should definitely not be soggy. I’m going to check with the expert (my mom) and get back to you on that.
      The apples generally stay a little crisp unless very thinly sliced. There’s just not enough cooking time to soften them.
      Thanks for letting me know about the issues you had!

  5. The recipes look great, but trying to print just the recipe and a picture is difficult and includes all the other extra stuff no one wants.

  6. Nice to meet you. I’m Avant. Your recipe is very interesting. Translated and posted your recipe on my blog, of course, the source wrote. Making this over the weekend,Thank you!

  7. Hey we had pancakes too, criedt to my oldest daughter Gwyneth. :) Great pictures..my favorite is of your sons and the church. Very nice. And I’m going to link up to you tonight on my blog post. Take care,Shauna xoxoxo

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