10 Delicious Polish Dessert Variants

10 Delicious Polish Dessert Variants

Polish desserts are a treat for foodies who like sweet foods. Located in central Europe, Poland is also famous for its desserts. One of the classic desserts from Central Europe is strudel, which is very popular in the region as well as Poland.

Polish cuisine looks simple, but it is full of influences from several other countries, namely Austria and Germany. Here is a favorite Polish dessert that is very popular in the country. See the menu list below.

  1. Szarlotka

Apple pie is an all-time favorite dessert. This dessert has many variations of recipes. This typical Polish dessert is called szarlotka which is said to come from French. In English, the name is ‘charlotte’, which refers to an 18th-century cake that is a thick pile of fruit under a slice of bread baked in an oven.

Its creator was Marie Antoine Careme and this Polish dessert came to the country in the 19th century. Today’s Polish apple pies usually have a crunchy bottom or middle. It contains raisins, cinnamon, and cloves.

But everyone has their favorite recipe. This cake is common in cafe and restaurant dessert menus and is sometimes served warm with whipped cream.

  1. Paczki

In Polish donuts are called pączek (singular) and pączki (plural). Paczki is one of the typical Polish desserts that can be purchased in bakeries.

This treat is a yeast cake with a round shape and filled with one of a variety of fillings such as candied rose or strawberry, aperitif, budyn (Polish pudding/blancmange), sweet curd cheese or chocolate.

This Polish dessert is deep-fried until it reaches a golden brown color and is served topped with icing sugar, powdered sugar, or chocolate. In addition, often also given a sprinkling of orange peel. Paczki is a very traditional dessert. This snack appeared in Poland during the time of King Augustus III of Poland (the first half of the 18th century).

  1. Pierniki

Polish gingerbread pierniki is more than just food. Pierniki is a popular souvenir to buy when visiting cities like Kraków or Toruń. These gingerbread cookies vary greatly depending on the region the person is in. This cake is usually more of a pastry than a wet cake.

These famous souvenir cakes are often heart-shaped with a message of affection written on them made using stiff royal icing. Popular variations of pierniki include flavored nuts or dried fruit.

Meanwhile, other variations are covered with chocolate and in the middle, sweet plum jam is added. The consistency of pierniki varies, there are hard and crumbly or soft and chewy.

  1. Faworki

This faworki from Poland is in the form of a crispy-fried pastry that is very similar to chrusciki in taste and appearance. This Polish dessert is made from a thick and elastic dough made from flour, egg yolks, cream, and different flavors.

The dough is rolled into a thin and rectangular shape then each piece is twisted in a shape similar to a bow tie. When fried, pastry turns into a light, crunchy, and hollow snack.

Usually, this cake is sprinkled with powdered sugar. Faworki is generally made for special occasions and is usually eaten as a delicacy on Fat Thursdays, the last day of the carnival season.

  1. Mazurek

Mazurek is a typical Polish dessert in the form of a flat cake using a variety of bases and toppings. This cake is generally baked for Easter. The hallmark of this cake is that it is only 1 or 2 centimeters high. Although little is known about the history of the Mazurek, it is believed that the cake was inspired by the sweet Turkish dessert that was brought to the country in the early 17th century.

Usually, this cake tastes very sweet so the cake is often cut into small squares. This cake has many variations so the dough can be doughy, sponge dough, macaronikowe dough, or marzipan dough.

The dough is sprinkled with candies, nuts, or jam, and the surface of the Mazurek is garnished with dried or fresh fruit, icing, nuts, chocolate, raisins, or candy.

  1. Makowiec

Also known as poppy seed bread, makowiec is a poppy seed cake that is a typical Polish dessert. This cake is made from a leavened dough filled with mashed poppies. The most distinctive additions of which are raisins, almonds, and walnuts. This baked cake is usually smeared with icing and orange zest. In the past, this poppy seed cake was a traditional dessert made for Easter and Christmas. In Christian tradition, the poppy flower, which contains thousands of seeds in one head, is a symbol of harvest and fertility. That’s why in the past, Poles and other Slavs believed that eating poppy seed cake on holiday would bring good luck in life.

  1. Ziemniaczki

Ziemniaczki, or bajaderki, are part of Poland’s historical past. When things were simple and food wasn’t something to be wasted or thrown away. Ziemniaczki is a typical Polish dessert in the form of leftovers from other sweets that have been stored in the kitchen or the window of a sweet shop.

It is a combination of all the leftover sweets and then made into something new. This rich, creamy treat is similar to rumball from North America. Bajaderki is often made from cocoa, hazelnuts, chocolate, and sometimes, rum. Usually, these cakes are topped with finely chopped nuts or coconut flakes for texture.

Ziemniaczki can be found in almost every confectionery shop in Poland and usually, the cakes vary from shop to shop. Although this Polish dessert is simple in its origins and ingredients, it has a taste that most Poles love.

  1. Rukki

In Poland, this dessert is usually called rurki or rurki z kremem. This sweet Polish dessert is a kind of rolled cream made from thin cakes usually filled with whipped cream or cake cream. This cake is often called a torpedo dessert because of its distinctive shape. In addition to Poland, in other countries, there is also a tradition of making this sweet food.

Rurki’s origins are often associated with Turkey and Bulgaria, where in both countries this dessert is known as torpil tatlısı and funiiki s krem, respectively. There are many variations of this sweet delicacy, from the ingredients used for its preparation, the texture, appearance, and taste of the roll, and the type of cream for the filling.

In Poland, rurk cream rolls are usually long and crunchy. The texture is like a wafer-shaped tube filled with thick and sweet whipped cream. This is popular street food.

  1. Kołaczki

This Polish foldover, called kołaczki, is another favorite Polish dessert. To make it takes a lot of time, so this cake usually appears on special occasions, especially at Christmas time.

Kołaczki can have a round, square, or diamond shape. In addition, the dough can layer or expand. Usually, the filling consists of apricots, blueberries, strawberries, prunes, raspberries, almonds, sweet cheese, poppy seeds, or even pineapple.

  1. Karpatka

Karpatka is a typical Polish dessert whose ingredients are pâte choux, which is the type of dough used in making cream puffs as well as éclairs. The name of this cake is taken from its geographical name because when this cake is sprinkled with powdered sugar, the karpatka looks like the Carpathian Mountains covered with snow.

Pâte choux is a mixture of eggs, flour, butter, and sugar that is cooked, then baked without being evenly flavored so that it resembles a mountain chain. The middle is filled with cream filling and the top is powdered sugar that looks like “snow.”

This row of typical Polish desserts is so tempting and can make people drool. Some of these sweet cakes are similar to sweet foods found in Indonesia, such as paczki or ziemniaczki. For lovers of sweet foods, this can certainly add a dessert reference to try.

How? Are you interested in trying the Polish desserts mentioned above? Which dessert makes you drool?