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14 Polish Desserts – you must to try when you go to Poland

Curious to try some polish sweets?


Szarlotka – it’s a pie, it consist of shortcrust pastry and apple filling mixed with cinnamon and cardamom. It’s typically served hot with piece of vanilla ice cream.

Sernik – is a kind of cheesecake, one of the most popular desserts in Poland. A sweet curd cheese is its main ingredient. There are many kinds of sernik, different in composition, taste and way of preparation. The best known is a cheesecake baked in the oven and made on a layer of a crumbly cake, although there are also cheesecakes prepared without baking. In most cases raisins, fruits, a crumble topping or chocolate sauce are stock additions. Quite an original example of this Polish dessert is a delicious sernik made from a sponge cake and cream cheese, and covered with fruit and jelly. This type of cake is dished up cold.

Makowiec - Typical cake prepared for Xmas eve. It is typically a yeast base filled with poppy seed mass full of walnuts, almonds, raisins, honey, dried fruits and big amount of dried orange.

Piernik – Gingerbread, is a well-known aromatic cake with a very intense and characteristic taste. It is a little hard and has a dark-brown color. This Polish cake is made from wheat and rye flour, milk, eggs, caramelized sugar and honey. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, anise and lavender are usually used for adding flavor.

Sękacz - This is one of the most difficult polish cakes to prepare. More than one person has to take part in the preparation. The cake is at least 70 cm high and contains at least 50 egg yolks, 1kg of sugar, 1 kg of flour and 1 kg of butter. Because of this it’s pricey and you cannot eat too much of it. It takes at least 8 hours to prepare this cake as it’s baked in layers on real fire. This cake is traditionally prepared for Easter time.

Kremówka or Napoleonka - This sweet indulgence originated in France. The Polish version is a cousin of the mille-feuille. In Poland, the puff pastry layers are separated by whipped cream, sweet cream, pudding or meringue (made of egg whites), and the top is sprinkled with powdered sugar or covered in icing. Even after many years in the Vatican, John Paul II always talked about the kremówki from his home town Wadowice.


Krówki - The literal meaning is “little cows”. Typical polish semi-soft milk toffee candies – hard and crispy outside but inside is soft and sticky. The original recipe contains milk, sugar, butter and cream with additional flavor (vanilla, cocoa, coconut, nuts or coffee).

Ptasie Mleczko - This soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue literally translates to “bird’s milk”. There are many varieties of flavors available on the market such as – coconut, strawberry, cocoa, orange or caramel. Jan Wedel, owner of the

E. Wedel Company, developed the first ptasie mleczko in 1936 and the one produced by Wedel is the only original one.

Pierniczki- Cookies in chocolate or in sugar coat made from gingerbread pastry with spices such as cinnamon. Filled with jam with different flavors – most popular ones are rose, strawberry or plum.

Notice: when you visit Torun you need to go to Museum of Piernik, you can learn there about cookies history, legends and try to bake some yourself. It’s a great entertainment for both – children and adults!

Kukułki - are traditional Polish sweets produced for years. Cuckoos have a hard, glazed coating with a great alcoholic filling. Kukułki contain 1.5% of spirit, so you have to be careful. It is also interesting that there is a Polish recipe for a delicious liqueur made from these sweets.


Pączek - Typical polish pastry, similar to doughnuts. They are deep fried pieces of dough filled with jam or any other sweet filling such as caramel or chocolate. They are usually covered with powdered sugar and dried orange pieces. Pączek has its own national day which takes place on the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday. The reason for choosing this date is to use all the fat and sugar available in the house before Big Lent as its forbidden to eat them during this time. On this day whole families gather together and eat as many Pączki as possible. It causes big queues to local bakeries and high consumption of calories.

Eklerka - Eclairs – a dessert, which can be prepared on many different ways, both dry and sweet. Choux pastry, from which you prepare eclairs, does not contain sugar, that’s why you have so many options while preparing them.

Faworki – chrust or Angel wings, Polish dessert faworki also appears under names such as chrust or jaworki. It is a traditional Polish delicacy made from a sweet crisp cake in a shape of a bow. Oftentimes faworki are eaten on the last Thursday of the carnival (the so-called tlusty czwartek, which means fat Thursday) and before Ash Wednesday. Faworki are cut out of a lump and then fried in deep oil.

Kisiel - Kisiel is a sweet, thick fruit dessert. This Polish dessert is usually served hot. However, it is also possible to eat cold kisiel. Kisiel is made with an addition of potato starch which serves as a thickening.

Taste a hundred or maybe thousand calories but is worth it!

Buon appetito!

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