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Polish Rice with Apples

10 February 2022 | Last Updated: 1 April 2022 By Aleksandra

Polish rice with apples (ryż z jabłkami) is basically a casserole made with rice pudding and cinnamon apples. It’s topped with sweetened sour cream and baked in the oven. I think everyone who grew up in Poland had this dish prepared by their grandma. I’m sure you can imagine how good it is – pure comfort food. My kids love this so much!

Polish rice and apples in a white pie dish.

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to prepare this dish:

Labeled ingredients for Polish rice and apples.


The rice is cooked with milk and water, although you can cook it with just milk (it will take a little bit longer to cook). I don’t recommend cooking it with just water. It’s sweetened with sugar and seasoned with vanilla (although in Poland usually vanilla sugar and not extract is being used). Regular, long-grain rice is used for this recipe.

Apples a cooked quickly to evaporate all the juices and to soften the apples. They are seasoned with vanilla and lemon juice. I like to use sweet apples such as Gala for this recipe. Soft apple varieties are preferred because the apples will soften more quickly.

You can also use sour apples but you may need to add more sugar to sweeten them.

Sour cream topping is not very traditional, to be honest, the rice is usually topped with just butter slices or poured with heavy cream if milk has not been used to cook the rice. I’ve seen this topping once on a website of a Polish grocery store and absolutely loved it. Now I always top this casserole with this topping.

There is not a lot of topping – most of it will be absorbed by the rice while baking so you could double the amount if you’d like this dish even more indulgent.

How to make it step by step

Milk is being added to a pot with rice. Cooked rice with milk in a pot.

STEP 1: Cook the rice: Add all the ingredients into a medium/large pot. Bring to a boil, stir until the butter is melted, cover the pot and cook over lowest heat for 20 minutes.

STEP 2: Take the pot off the heat, the mixture will look too runny but after a couple of stirs the rice should absorb the excess liquid (the rice should be just a little bit runny).

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

While the rice is cooking, prepare the apples.

Shredded apples are being cooked in a pan.


STEP 3: Peel the apples then grate them on the large holes of a box grater.
Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot add the apples and the remaining ingredients.

STEP 4: Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the apples are softened. The apples shouldn’t be too dry, just most of the liquid should be evaporated.

Cooked rice in a pie dish. Cooked apples in a pie dish.

STEP 5: Grease a baking dish with butter (I used a 9-inch/23cm deep dish pie plate), spread 1/2 of the rice.

STEP 6: Top with all the apples, even out the surface.

Cooked rice in a pie dish. Sour cream topping is being spread over the rice in a pie dish.

STEP 7: Spread the remaining 1/2 of the rice.

STEP 8: Sift powdered sugar then combine it with sour cream. Spread sweetened sour cream on top of the rice.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Take out of the oven and sprinkle with cinnamon, wait about 5 minutes for the rice to set then divide into servings.

Serve warm with more sweetened sour cream/sweetened heavy cream/whipped cream and enjoy!

NOTE: Baking is not obligatory, you can just serve cooked rice with sauteed apples but in that case I would cut the apples into small cubes instead of shredding them.

Polish rice and apples in a white pie dish with a serving missing.

Storage

This dish tastes best right after it’s been made, warm. It can also be reheated. It makes a great make-ahead breakfast. Keep it in the fridge, wrapped in foil, for up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave or in the oven. Serve warm.

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Polish rice and apples on a white plate with sweetened sour cream.

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Polish Rice with Apples

I think anyone who grew up in Poland had this dish prepared by their grandma. It’s basically a casserole made with rice pudding and apples. It’s topped with sweetened sour cream on top and baked in the oven. I’m sure you can imagine how good it is – pure comfort food. My kids love this so much!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 484kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

for the rice layer:

  • 1 1/4 cups rice 240g
  • 2 cups milk 480g
  • 3/4 cup water 180g
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

for the apples:

  • 2 lbs (900g) apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

for the topping:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream 120g
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar 30g

Instructions

  • Cook the rice: Add all the ingredients into a medium/large pot. Bring to a boil, stir until the butter is melted, cover the pot and cook over lowest heat for 20 minutes. Take the pot off the heat, the mixture will look too runny but after a couple of stirs the rice should absorb the excess liquid (the rice should be just a little bit runny).
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • While the rice is cooking, prepare the apples.
  • Peel the apples then grate them on the large holes of a box grater.
  • Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot add the apples and the remaining ingredients. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the apples are softened. The apples shouldn’t be too dry, just most of the liquid should be evaporated.
  • Grease a baking dish with butter (I used a 9-inch/23cm deep dish pie plate), spread 1/2 of the rice, then top with all the apples, even out the surface and spread the remaining 1/2 of the rice.
  • Sift powdered sugar then combine it with sour cream. Spread sweetened sour cream on top of the rice.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven and sprinkle with cinnamon, wait about 5 minutes for the rice to set then divide into servings.
  • Serve warm with more sweetened sour cream/sweetened heavy cream/whipped cream and enjoy!

Notes

  • Baking is not obligatory, you can just serve cooked rice with sauteed apples but in that case I would cut the apples into small cubes instead of shredding them.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/5 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine polish
Diet Vegetarian
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Joan
    20 February 2022 at 01:13

    Yum. I can’t wait to try these recipes

    • Reply
      Aleksandra
      20 February 2022 at 07:16

      thank you!

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