Mazurek Recipe – Polish Easter Pastry
If you ever wanted to try some traditional Polish pastry, here is your chance. Mazurek is a simple pastry with a variety of toppings, that is usually served during Easter holidays.
Easter in Poland, as any other holiday, revolves quite a lot around food. All the religious celebrations aside we love to eat and each holiday season comes with it’s own specialities. One traditional desert is a pastry called Mazurek.
These delicious treats come in a many sizes, shapes and flavours, however they all consist of a common base: pastry covered with sour jam then a layer of toffee or chocolate and finally toppings like nuts, almonds, berries, etc.
Mazurek base is a buttery dough:
- egg yolks, 5
- baking powder, 16g
- double cream, half a small pot
- self raising flour, half a kilo
- butter, 250g
- sugar, half a glass
- Mix eggs and sugar together until smooth
- Add all the remaining ingredients
- Using a rolling pin flatten the dough quite thinly
- Cut into small rectangular pieces (or alternatively you can make larger “cakes”)
- Optionally for an added effect you can curl the edges inside
- Bake at 200C until golden brown
Once you take the pastry out of the oven you want to smear each piece with a sour jam, like for example raspberry jam, to add a bit of moisture. The sourness will disappear under the other sweet tastes added later. You could just as well use a sweet jam, however the sweetness could be slightly overwhelming in the end result. Before adding the second layer let the jam dry up first.
Next you can smear chocolate, toffee, peanut-butter, etc. If needed let it cool down and dry up a bit before proceeding.
Lastly the finishing toppings. Here is a list of ingredients you could use for the last layer:
- peanuts (crushed or chopped)
- walnuts (whole, crushed, or chopped)
- hazelnuts (chopped)
- almonds (chopped, sliced, or flakes)
- berries (whole or chopped)
You can mix & match these, and even create little “pictures” playing with different ingredient colours. Often as they are an Easter treat they would have some sort of colourful egg or bunny shapes.
As an extra finishing touch you can also use a bit of icing or chocolate sauce (for “icing”) to draw lines.
Almonds with chocolate and sugar icing.
Nuts, rice-crispies and sugar icing.
Berries, sugar & chocolate icing.