Lemon-Vanilla Karpatka with Crunchy Topping

Karpatka z cytrynowo-waniliowym kremem i chrupiącą skorupką

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      4 hr 30

Appears in
Fresh From Poland: New Vegetarian Cooking from the Old Country

By Michał Korkosz

Published 2021

  • About

Everybody loves this old-fashioned cake. It starts with two simple choux pastry layers, which puff dramatically, resembling the Polish Karpaty mountains. These are filled with butter pastry cream, which I like to improve with tangy lemon zest and vanilla. But choux pastry gets soggy in time. To keep it crunchy for longer, I cover the cake with a sugar-butter-flour topping; this also makes it look like a bird’s-eye view of the mountain forest. I fell in love with karpatka in childhood