Housewives used to add nuts to the filling: Yugoslav "lazy pie"

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"Lenja pita" is an ancient delicacy that was prepared by many housewives in the former Yugoslavia, and is still popular today. A dough is made that is filled with apples and nuts and then the cake is baked. Once Sunday lunch could not be imagined without this dessert, and today there are a million different recipes for apple cake.


For the dough:

– 250 g of fat
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 egg white
– 4-5 spoons of sugar
- 1 cup of yogurt
- 1 baking powder
- 400 g flour

About the filling:

- 1 kg of apples
– 2-3 spoons of sugar
– 3-4 tablespoons of semolina
– 1 bag of cinnamon
- 100 g of crushed walnuts
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 1 bag of vanillin sugar


Add sugar to the fat and beat well. Then add the egg yolks and egg whites and beat until everything is combined. Gradually add the sifted flour with the baking powder (half the amount) and then the milk. Knead well and add the rest of the flour. The dough should not be sticky, so if necessary, add more flour.

Peel and grate the apples, then sauté them. When they soften and release some water, add semolina, walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla and baking powder. Mix everything well and let it cool.

Divide the dough into 2 parts, then roll it out with a rolling pin and place it in a baking tray. Press well with your hand to make everything even, then pour the apple filling and spread it nicely. Put on another stretched crust, and if it crumbles a little, just arrange it nicely with your hands to cover the entire filling.

Bake at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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