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Szarlotka z Bezą (Polish Apple Pie with Meringue)

  • Author: polishhousewife
  • Prep Time: 60 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 9-inch pastry 1x
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Polish


A lightly sweet Polish apple pie topped with a light cloud of meringue


  • 2 cups flour (250 g)
  • 1 cup sugar (200 g)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 9 tablespoons butter (125 g)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, & sliced (1 Kg)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs whites
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C)
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder
  3. Cut in the butter (with a pastry blender, two knives, or rub into flour with fingers) until it resembles coarse meal
  4. Work in egg yolks, the dough will be crumbly, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  5. Reserve ⅓ of the crust, pat the remaining ⅔ into a 9 inch springform pan, covering the bottom and the sides
  6. Toss the sliced apples in the cinnamon, and add to the pan, piling them up
  7. Cover and seal the top of the pan with aluminum foil
  8. Bake for about 50 – 60 minutes, until crust is lightly brown and the apples are tender
  9. Remove from oven, remove foil
  10. Beat egg whites until you have soft peaks
  11. Continue beating and gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar, beat until you have stiff, glossy peaks
  12. Spread meringue over szarlotka, crumble the remaing crust and sprinkle over the meringue
  13. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes
  14. Cool

Keywords: szarlotka Polish apple pie meringue beza