Hungarian Apple Cake (Almás Pite) Recipe

Hungarian apple cake, almás pite recipe


Hungarian apple cake (Almás pite)

It is a true Hungarian classic, quite popular in the country. A delicious pie filled with sweetened shredded apple spiced with cinnamon and lemon.

70 minutes
Serves 6

300 grams (2.5 cups) of flour
120 grams (½ cup) of butter
50 grams (½ cup) of powdered sugar
½ sachet of baking powder (6 grams or 1 teaspoon)
½ sachet of vanilla flavored sugar (5 grams or 1 teaspoon)
1 whole egg
1 tablespoon of sour cream
1 beaten 1 for brushing
Pinch of salt
Zest of half a lemon
5-6 medium sized apples, peeled, shredded
50 grams (½ cup) of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons of finely ground walnuts
Juice of half a lemon


Mix the flour and the cubed margarine or butter by hand. The mixture will be quite crumbly.

Add the whole egg, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla sugar, baking powder, sour cream, and lemon zest. Knead thoroughly. Add more flour if necessary.

Divide the dough into 2 balls, cover and let rest for 20 minutes.

Peel the apples, core, and shred them. Add the sugar, the cinnamon, and the lemon juice. Mix well and drain the juice. Drink the apple juice, it is delicious. 🙂

Heat the oven to 180°C (355°F). Butter and flour your baking tin.

On a floured surface roll out one part of the dough to the size of the baking tin (10×6), then lay it in.

Sprinkle with half of the ground walnut. Spread the apples on the dough; sprinkle it with the remaining walnuts. Roll out the top crust and place over the apples, sealing the edges and making slits in it.

Prick to allow vapor to escape, and brush with egg wash.

Bake the cake for 30 minutes, until the top is light-browned. Let it cool. Cut into squares, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve.


11 hozzászólás

  1. Barbara Bates 2017-06-09 at 18:22 - Reply

    My G Grandparents and my Grandparents were born in Hungary, and my mother is the first descendant of Hungary and I am the second descendant. I want to learn more of Hungary. I still have some family over there.

  2. I. Rozsa 2017-08-08 at 04:54 - Reply

    The cake came out delicious! I even put some sour cherries in it.

    • Zsu 2018-08-06 at 17:35 - Reply

      You can make it with sour cherry, then it is a sour cherry pie, Meggyes pite! 😉

  3. Mary 2017-12-19 at 02:58 - Reply

    I’m not sure what I did wrong, it was more like a pie consistency and I only used 4 apples yet it was too much… what did I do wrong???

    • Barath Agnes 2017-12-21 at 22:17 - Reply

      Hello Mary,
      In Hungarian this dessert is called almás pite, if I wanted to translate it, it would be apple pie. Most of my clients are from the USA for the cooking classes and they always say that they would call it cake, not pie….but it is almost a pie. 🙂
      What kind of apples did you use? I experienced that the best was Idared (bit sour but not too much).

  4. Helen O’Connor 2018-03-29 at 17:42 - Reply

    You do not indicate the size of the baking pan. What size do you recommend?

    • Barath Agnes 2018-05-16 at 13:35 - Reply

      Hello Helen,
      I used 10×6 inch baking pan for this cake.

  5. Yuki Pinter 2018-12-13 at 03:04 - Reply

    What kind of flour is it? Cake, all purpose flour?

    • Barath Agnes 2019-01-03 at 12:33 - Reply

      Hi Yuki,
      It is all purpose flour.

  6. Barbara 2019-07-12 at 12:24 - Reply

    Shredded apples…do you mean I grate them? Have you used other fruit like peaches?

    • Barath Agnes 2019-08-29 at 14:47 - Reply

      Hi Barbara,
      Sorry for the delayed response. Yes, you grate the apples. You can use sour cherries too.

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