Croatian Lazy Apple Pie (Lijena Pita s Jabukama)

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Croatian Lazy Apple Pie (Lijena Pita s Jabukama)

This apple pie is a real autumn delight. There are like tons of apples all around Croatia during October, and even into November, you can find great fresh apples about. Therefore a Croatian apple pie has to be one of the most common autumn desserts in the central and eastern parts of Croatia.

I remember how my grandma used to make this pie on an almost weekly basis because, for her, it was one of the easiest, fastest, and the cheapest desserts to make.

Lucky us.

Croatian apple pie Lijena pita s jabukama Recipe 14

Almost every house in the Croatian countryside has few apple trees (or know someone who does, and has extra to share!). Those apples have the most fabulous taste, they don’t get any kind of chemical treatment, which means the apples from these trees do not have pretty-perfect looking skins, like all those picture-perfect apples you’ll find your local supermarket.

There are also few varieties of this Croatian apple pie: some people make it with a thin layer of cottage cheese or even a thin layer of shredded walnuts. Anyhow, you are going to love my one, I promise!

So, you’re probably wondering why I call this a “lazy pie”?  Well, although I think it is understandable when you read the recipe, it’s because you only have 2-3 things to do before this apple pie is ready to eat! Make the dough, shred the apples and bake it. Everything is done and cooked in 45 mins and is ready to eat in a little more than an hour.

Right, let’s bake!

Lijena Pita s Jabukama Recipe (Lazy Croatian Apple Pie)

Lijena Pita s Jabukama Recipe (Lazy Croatian Apple Pie)

This Croatian apple pie is a true autumn delight. I've called this lijena pita s jabukama, as you have three steps to make it - and it's ready to eat in an hour!

Ingredients

Main Mix

  • 450 g all-purpose flour (3.5 cups)
  • 200 g softened butter (14 tablespoons)
  • 5 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 packet (or rounded tablespoon) baking powder
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • Salt
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 kg apples, washed, peeled and grated (35 oz)
  • Pinch of cinnamon

For The Apples

  • 2-3 tablespoons white sugar

For dusting

  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix the dry ingredients and then add the eggs, butter and lemon zest
  2. Knead into a soft dough and cut it in two same-sized pieces. Wrap them in a plastic foil and put them in the fridge for half an hour
  3. Wash the apples and shred them using the grater. Cover them with few spoons of sugar
  4. Roll out one piece of dough (1 cm/0.3 inch) and place it into a greased baking tray
  5. Squeeze out the excess water of the apples. This is important, as squeezing out the apples is needed just so that the bottom dough layer doesn’t get soggy
  6. Cover the dough with shredded (and squeezed) apples and level it a little bit, so it’s even around the entire tray
  7. Roll out the second piece of dough the same as the first, and place over the apples
  8. Use a fork and poke some holes into the top layer of dough – this creates a space for air so that the dough doesn’t break
  9. Bake in a pre-heated oven (180°C/350°F) for around 35 minutes or until golden brown
  10. Let it cool for 20-30 minutes and dust with powdered sugar
Croatian apple pie Lijena pita s jabukama Recipe 13

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Comments (5)

  1. Hi
    I find your recipes very interesting, visiting Zagreb in December and wanted to have a knowledge of dishes served in restaurants. I will definitely be trying the stuffed cabbage and the lazy apple pie.
    Thanks

  2. Thank you so much for the ease of your site. I was in Priam, Solvenia in April this year & had this at a local bakery…2 days in a row. So much better than the Greek recipe which I’ve been making for years with feta.
    Thank you, thank you thank you!
    Ck
    Paso Robles,California

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