Apple Pancakes (Placki z Jabłkami)

Carbs + apples = this Polish childhood classic.

For this recipe, you can either thinly slice or grate your apples. It really doesn’t matter which you choose, but obviously slicing is less work! You will need one less apple if you slice. In the above placki, we grated 3 apples and made 16 placki.

*Makes approximately 16 pancakes*


  • 1-3 granny smith apples (1-2 if you thinly  slice apples, 2-3 if you grate apples)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cup plain kefir (or buttermilk)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Oil for frying
  • (optional) 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar for dusting on top of pancakes


Separate 3 eggs. In one bowl, mix egg yolks with 3 tbsp. of sugar. Gently mix in flour, kefir, salt, and baking powder.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs whites until they begin to stiffen. Gently mix eggs whites into the batter mixture.

Meanwhile, peel and very thinly slice the apples or grate them, depending on which texture you want, and set aside.

On a pan, heat a thin layer of oil on medium heat. Once hot, spoon about 1 1/2 tbsp. batter on pan and gently spread to thin out a little bit. Cook for 1 minute and then add peeled or grated apples on top of mixture and gently press down. Cook for another 1-2 minutes or until they begin to turn golden on the bottom, then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until apples begin to turn golden.

Remove from heat. Sprinkle with some powdered sugar and cinnamon if you’d like and serve warm. Smacznego!


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