Croatian Apple Pie (Croatian word for pie is “pita”) is made with crumbly butter dough and cinnamon apple filling. It is baked in rectangular pan and cut into squares. That is why more descriptive title for this recipe would be Apple Pie Bars.
Croatian dessert recipes are not too sweet. So, if you have a sweet tooth, add some more sugar to the filling. Good thing is that you can taste the filling before assembling the pie, so you can adjust sweeteness to your liking.
Let the bars cool a little bit before cutting because they are very soft when they are hot.
Apple Pie Bars (Croatian Pita) can be served warm with vanilla ice cream, or cold, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
- 400 g flour (0.9 lb; 3 1/4 cups)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 100 g sugar (3.5 oz; 1/2 cup), or more
- 150 g butter (5 oz; 1/2 cup + 1 3/4 Tbsp)
- 1-2 Tbsp sour cream or milk optional
- 2 Tbsp dry bread crumbs
- 1,5 kg apples (3 lb), about 10 medium apples
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
DOUGH: Combine flour, baking powder, egg, sugar and butter to make a dough. If the dough is too dry, add up to 1 Tbsp milk. Do not overwork the dough. Wrap it and cool in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
FILLING: Peel and grate apples. Mix with sugar and cinnamon. Adjust the sweetness to your taste.
ASSEMBLE: Divide the dough in half. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a floured surface. Press one half of the dough into the bottom of the 9x13" baking pan and up the sides. Sprinkle with dry bread crumbs and spoon in apple filling. Cover with the top crust.
Bake at 170 C (340 F) for about 45 minutes or until the crust is pale golden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cut into squares and serve.