Polish Apple Cake (Jablecznik)

"This is an excellent recipe that I happen to alternate every time I make it with different nuts, dried fruit, and flours (always works out though.) It was adapted from a recipe I saw in one of grandmother's magazines while in Poland over this past Christmas. This recipe is literally a Polish apple pie, except the dough is mixed with the apples. Hope you enjoy!!"
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Wash and coarsely chop the apples (no need to peel), place in a LARGE bowl and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Some lemon juice may be poured on top of apples also.
  • Set Aside Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix the flour, oats, baking soda and baking powder in a medium bowl.
  • (add cinnamon if using.) In a separate bowl mix the eggs, flax meal, and oil, and extract together.
  • Add this mixture to the flour mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Add this dough to the apples, along with the nuts and raisins.
  • The apples WILL get incorporated into the dough.
  • Add a bit more flour if the mixture is extremely wet (but it WILL be wet).
  • Put into a large pan (15x10-inch pan works well) and smooth out the top so it flat.
  • Bake for around 1 hour (no longer though).
  • Top should look fairly browned.
  • Take out of the oven and Cool in the pan.

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  1. I was looking for another way of baking Jablecznik but this recipe tastes nothing like Polish Jablecznik. It's more like an Apple Crisp type cake, but very dry. The recipe seemed too quick to make and after it came out of the oven we had to try a little piece so we wouldn't feel so bad tossing the remaining cake. We ate it with tea and some icing sugar sprinkled on top and even then it was barely edible. Again, to summarize, the cake was very dry, tasted too many oats which Jablecznik doesn't really have. I don't recommend this recipe.
  2. I made this as part of the Christmas Eve Wigilia. I found it to be a bit dry. Next time, I think I will add more eggs or oil. The taste was good, it just stuck to your pallet. I even tried serving with vanilla ice cream.
  3. Oats?? We never use oats in polish baking. "Flax seeds"?? It is as polish as american "polish sausage".
  4. I haven't tried it as yet, but it sounds like a recipe from a Polish lady that is visiting my son for a few months. For my birthday in Dec. she brought me one that she baked. She wasn't sure it she could get the ingreds. that she had back in Poland, but my son lives in Toronto and they usually have all the ethnic stores and she found most. Her cake was to die for!!! It was delicious. Before she goes back home to Poland I will check the recipe. She had it in her head so I hope I can duplicate it. But yours sounds equally great. I will sure to try it. Thanks very much for the recipe, Mallina Cashew. Gail, Hamilton, Canada
  5. We really enjoyed this cake. The only change I made was to add 1/3 cup brown sugar to the dough. We have som sugar lovers in my house. :) Highly recommended!



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