Cinnamon-apple bake

Cinnamon-apple bake

By
From
Polska
Serves
4-6
Prep
60 mins
Photographer
Laura Edwards

A simple, rustic dish made with Poland’s favourite fruit, the apple. This cinnamon-apple bake was popular during Communist times – when the queues for food were miles long – as the only ingredient that the Polish people never ran out of were apples. This is perhaps why the Polish apple is looked on with such a sense of national pride.

Any tart apple, such as a cooking apple, works well in this recipe. The best rice to use is soft and sticky pudding rice, although risotto rice is a good substitute. The idea is to have thick layers of juicy, sweet apples and thin layers of rice in between.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
6-8 cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
150-200g raisins
200g soft light brown sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, (optional)
400-500g cooked pudding rice
250g single cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Put the chopped apples in a bowl with the raisins, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg (if using) and mix to combine.
  3. Layer a third of the apples in the bottom of a baking dish, followed by a thin layer of cooked rice; another layer of apples and another of rice, finishing off with a final layer of apples.
  4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then pour the cream over the top and sprinkle with more sugar. Return to the oven for a further 20 minutes. Serve piping hot.
Tags:
polish
eastern european
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