How to Make Polish Royal Mazurka (Mazurek Królewski)

  • 01 of 08

    So What Is a Polish Royal Mazurka (Mazurek Królewski), Anyway?

    Polish Royal Mazurek (Mazurek Krolewski)
    Polish Royal Mazurek (Mazurek Krolewski). © Barbara Rolek

    A Mazurek is a flat Polish pastry served either plain or topped with jam, dried fruit or fresh fruit. They were traditionally featured at Easter time, but they now appear year-round. This particular Mazurek is called royal, probably because the fruit filling between the lattice-work of the pastry resembles the jewels in a crown. Here is the Royal Mazurek Recipe in its entirety. 

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  • 02 of 08

    What You Will Need to Make Polish Royal Mazurka

    Baking Ingredients
    Baking Ingredients. © Alberto Guglielmi / Getty Images

    Polish Royal Mazurka (Mazurek Królewski) Ingredients

    Pastry Crust:

    • 6 ounces room-temperature butter
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 ounces (6 tablespoons) ground (not chopped) blanched almonds
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 large hard-cooked egg yolks, pushed through a sieve
    • 1 large room-temperature raw egg yolk
    • Pinch salt
    • Pinch cinnamon

    Egg Wash:

    • 1 large room-temperature egg
    • 1 teaspoon water

    Filling:

    • 6 ounces apricot preserves
    • 6 ounces raspberry or cherry preserves

    Garnish:

    • Confectioners'...MORE sugar (optional)
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  • 03 of 08

    Cream Butter and Sugar in a Medium Bowl

    Creaming Butter and Sugar
    Creaming Butter and Sugar. © Dave King Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

    In a medium bowl or stand mixer, cream together 6 ounces room-temperature butter and 4 tablespoons sugar until light and fluffy.

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    Add Dry Ingredients

    Hard-Cooked Eggs Pushed Through a Sieve
    Hard-Cooked Eggs Pushed Through a Sieve. © Barbara Rolek
    • By hand, stir in 2 ounces ground (not chopped) almonds, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest, 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, making sure to measure flour correctly, and 2 large hard-cooked egg yolks that have been pushed through a sieve. Mix until a smooth dough is achieved.
    • Add 1 large raw egg yolk, a pinch of salt and pinch of cinnamon, and mix into a smooth dough. This entire process, including creaming the butter and sugar, can be done in a food processor if you prefer.
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    Refrigerate the Dough

    Dough Wrapped in Plastic
    Dough Wrapped in Plastic. © Philip Wilkins / Getty Images

    Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

    Note: This can be a difficult dough for some to work with, but it is a traditional recipe. The dough for this pastry is not meant to be like pie dough. It is a delicate dough that takes a little coaxing, but the flavor is worth it.

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  • 06 of 08

    Roll Out the Chilled Dough and Fit into a Tart Pan

    Fitting Dough into a Tart Pan
    Fitting Dough into a Tart Pan. © Barbara Rolek
    • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut off 1/3 of dough, wrap it in plastic and return it to the refrigerator.
    • Roll out the remaining 2/3 dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch on a Silpat mat or between parchment paper and place on an 8-inch-by-11-inch tart pan with a removal bottom or a small sheet pan.
    • Pierce or "dock" the dough with the tines of a fork. Using a pastry brush, egg wash (1 beaten egg with 1 teaspoon water) the dough.
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    Create Lattice and Bake

    Lattice-Topped Royal Mazurek
    Lattice-Topped Royal Mazurek. © Barbara Rolek
    • Remove remaining 1/3 dough from the refrigerator and roll 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-wide strips. Arrange strips lattice-style over dough.
    • Brush lattice strips with egg wash. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and crisp. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
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  • 08 of 08

    Top the Baked and Cooled Mazurek with Preserves

    Top the Royal Mazurek with Preserves
    Top the Royal Mazurek with Preserves. © Barbara Rolek
    • When the Mazurek is completely cool, remove it from the tart pan and place it on a pretty serving plate.
    • Spoon fruit preserves alternately into the open spaces of the lattice work. Alternatively, fill two pastry bags with the preserves and pipe it into the lattice work. It will make things a lot easier.
    • Sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar, if desired.