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Polish Apple Pancakes Without Yeast (Jabłka W Cieście)

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A plate with powdered sugar-dusted Polish apple pancakes without yeast and apple slices.

Polish apple pancakes without yeast are a quick and easy fix. In fact, they are much quicker to make than the popular racuchy z jabłkami recipe. This is largely because this recipe does not require time for the yeast to rise. 

Despite the lack of yeast, the Polish apple pancakes have a lovely texture. This is because yeast is substituted with baking powder. The baking powder acts in a similar (though not same) way that yeast does. It helps the pancake rise which makes them soft and fluffy.

Since they are quick to make, you don’t have to plan your meal in advance. Another great thing about the Polish apple pancakes without yeast recipe is that it is cheap to make. The main ingredients for this are flour, milk, sugar, eggs, apples, baking powder and salt.

Why Are Apples So Commonly Used In Polish Pancake Recipes?

lush apples
The variety of apples in Poland is amazing

Apples are always a great fruit to work with. They have a nice firm texture and work well with a large variety of desserts. They also can be pureed easily or grated if you want a nice smooth texture.

In addition to all this, apples are sweet by themselves. They do not require much (or any) additional sweeteners in recipes. They are extremely healthy and are packed with nutrients and fiber. In fact, apples are a superfood. 

Poland is famous for its production of apples. 80 percent of the country’s fruit production is apples. This means that apples are easily available, fresh and cheap. All great reasons why Poles choose to use them in their cooking.

Polish Apple Pancakes Without Yeast (Jabłka W Cieście)

Part I – Mix The Milk With Flour, Eggs, Sugar, Salt And Baking Powder

Mix ½ cup of milk with 1 cup of all purpose flour, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp. of sugar, a pinch of salt and ½ tsp. of baking powder. You can even blend the mixture together so that the resultant dough is smooth in texture and without lumps.

Part II – Peel The Apples

Peel the apples. The skin of the apple, though rich in fiber, does not taste great when left on. Slice the apples into 1 inch thick rings. Usually, people tend to use large apples for this recipe because they yield large rings.

Part III – Core The Apples

Remove the core of each of the apples. This will give you perfect rings. 

Core the apples
Core the apples

Part IV – Preheat The Oil On The Pan

Part V – Dip The Apple Rings In Batter

Use a fork for this part of the recipe. It will keep your hands clean and also help you place the rings on the pan more easily. Hook the apple rings on the fork and dip them in the batter. Make sure that the apple rings are covered with batter on all sides. Place them on the hot pan.

Dip the apple rings in batter
Dip the apple rings in batter.

Part VI – Fry The Rings

Fry the Polish apple pancakes without yeast. You will need to ensure that they are fried for approximately 2 – 5 minutes on both sides.

Fry the apple rings.
Fry the apple rings.

Part VII – Place The Polish Apple Pancakes Without Yeast On A Paper Towel

Line a plate with a paper towel. Place the Polish apple pancakes on the paper towel. This will absorb any of the extra oil that is on the pancakes. 

Part VIII – Repeat The Process Until The Entire Batter And The Apples Are Used

Part IX – Sprinkle Powdered Sugar On The Pancakes Before Serving

Normally the apple adds a lot of sweetness to the pancakes. You can however sprinkle a little powdered sugar on the pancakes before serving for additional sweetness. It also serves to garnish the dish.

Serve the Polish apple pancakes with powdered sugar
Serve the Polish apple pancakes with powdered sugar

FAQ About Polish Apple Pancakes Without Yeast

What Can I Use As A Substitute For Milk?

Milk can easily be substituted by using any plant-based milk. You don’t even have to change the proportions or change the Polish apple pancakes without yeast recipe.  

How Do You Serve Polish Apple Pancakes No Yeast?

Polish apple pancakes without yeast are usually served hot. You can sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on top of them if you like additional sweetness. Alternatively, people love to eat these with either jam or syrup like honey or maple syrup. Sour cream is another great alternative. Vanilla ice cream is also a great option.

Can Apples In Polish Apple Pancakes Without Yeast Be Substituted With Something Else?

Apples have a lovely firm consistency which works really well with this recipe. If you would love to experiment with other fruits then pears are a great alternative since they too have a firm consistency. Bananas, plums, and berry-based fruit also work well. You just may not be able to get rings like with Polish apple pancakes without yeast.


Yield: 20 pancakes

Polish Apple Pancakes Without Yeast (Jabłka W Cieście)

Dusted Polish apple pancakes without yeast on a decorative blue plate with sliced apples to the side.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of milk or plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp of sugar or any other sweetener
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • 4 large apples
  • oil to fry
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle pancakes (optionally)


  1. Mix or blend milk with flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Peel the apples and cut them into 1'' thick rings.
  3. Core the apples.
  4. Preheat the oil on the pan.
  5. Using 2 forks, dip each apple ring in the batter, making sure it's all covered with it.
  6. Fry the rings on oil for about 2-5 minutes on each side.
  7. Place the pancakes briefly on the plate lined with a paper towel.
  8. Repeat the process until you use the entire batter and apples are used.
  9. If you want your pancakes to be really sweet, sprinkle them with powdered sugar before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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