Racuchy: Polish Apple Pancakes

PL: Racuchy / Racuszki z Jabłkami

The very beginning of spring is a troublesome season in my kitchen. Fresh veggies aren’t available yet, and winter supplies in jars are already depleted.

Fortunately, I always have a bowl full of crispy apples on my dinner table. And while they make a perfect snack, they’re also a key ingredient of many family-favourites such as szarlotka or…racuchy! (pronounced: rah-tsu-hy)

These Polish-style apple pancakes are quick to make and no yeast is necessary.

They’re a staple of every Polish school canteen. I remember munching on them in preschool, lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar… and now my son eats them too!

Polish apple pancakes - Racuchy z jabłkami - served on a white plate, topped with cream, powdered sugar and apple slices.

How to Make Racuchy?

I’ve got some good news for you. These apple pancakes are ridiculously easy to make. I’ve made them for the first time and they came out really well. I plan to cook the next batch with my 6 year old.

You’ll need 3-4 apples, flour, milk, baking soda, powdered sugar and some clarified butter to fry them on. In terms of tools, kitchen grater, a large bowl and a frying pan is enough.

Racuchy z jabłkami - Polish Apple Pancakes Food Illustration Drawn by Kasia Kronenberger for Polonist
Illustration: Kasia Kronenberger

The recipe I tried is at the bottom of the post. I have a few tips though:

  • Refrain from adding more cinnamon into the batter than specified in the recipe. I added a bit too much and its flavour overpowered the apples.
  • Experiment with the size of the apple pieces. If you keep them in chunks (rather than grating), the apple flavour will be more profound.
  • When pouring the batter onto the frying pan, keep the pancakes as thin as possible. That way they’ll cook all the way through.

Serve them warm or cold with a topping of your choice.

Apple Pancake Toppings

Traditionally, racuchy are served with fresh cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Here’s a list of all the popular options:

  • Powdered sugar (just a sprinkle!)
  • Sweetened fresh cream or thick yoghurt
  • Custard
  • Fruit jam
  • Applesauce
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Cinnamon (don’t overdo it!)
  • Chopped nuts (try with walnuts)

Smacznego!

Racuchy z Jabłkami: Polish Apple Pancakes

Racuchy z Jabłkami: Polish Apple Pancakes

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Also known as: "Placki z Jabłkami". Soft and fluffy apple pancakes, a hit among youngsters. Perfect for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack. So quick & easy to make - no yeast is needed!

Ingredients

For racuchy

  • 3 cups (350-400g) All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500ml)whole milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3.5 tbsp (50g) baking soda
  • 3-4 medium apples
  • 2 tsp (5g) powdered sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 tbsp clarified butter (for frying)

For the topping

  • 250ml (1 cup) cream 18%
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar (optional)
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Peel the apples. Grab each apple by the top and the bottom of the core and grate it on the large holes.Set aside.
  2. Get a large bowl. Sift the flour. Gradually pour in the milk, mixing together with a whisk (fork will work as well).
  3. Add eggs, baking soda, powdered sugar, a pinch of salt and the cinnamon (optionally). Mix everything together well. The batter should be smooth, silky and ideally lump-free.
  4. Add grated apples to the batter, blend together.
  5. Grease the frying pan with clarified butter (or substitute with canola oil). Set it on a medium heat.
  6. Using a small ladle (or just a regular tablespoon), pour the batter onto the frying pan and form a small pancake. Make sure it isn't too thick! Repeat until you're out of space :)
  7. Fry the pancakes for 2-3 min on each side until golden.
  8. Repeat until you're out of batter. Keep them warm in a low oven as you go (optional).
  9. Serve warm or cold. Top with cream, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Notes

Recipe adapted from "Kuchnia Polska" by dr. Stanisław Berger 1969 p.505

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 3
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 60mg Sodium: 1151mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 17g Protein: 6g

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