Cranberry Racuchy – Polish Yeast Pancakes

This is a bit less traditional version of Polish apple pancakes, it was made out of necessity as we could not find anywhere proper sour apples we decided to replace them with leftover from Christmas frozen cranberries.

It’s not often that we fry dishes in this house but as it was first Fat Tuesday, then Fat Thursday we were tempted very much to make some kind of Polish pancakes. The result was delicious, I must admit the combo worked so well I probably prefer them now over the apple ones.

racuszki recipe


  • 1 tbs of dry yeast
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 2½ cups of lukewarm milk
  • about 300 g frozen cranberries
  • 2 eggs (egg whites separated)
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • vegetable oil – for frying
  • icing / confectioner’s sugar – for sprinkling 

racuchy recipe in english


  • frying pan
  • medium ladle
  • paper kitchen towels
  • large mixing bowl
  • small mixing bowl
  • egg whisk

Polish yeast pancakes recipe


  1. First add the dry yeast and sugar to the lukewarm milk, stir lightly to dissolve the yeast. Cover with kitchen towel and leave aside until it will begin to froth (about 10 -15 minutes).
  2. In a small mixing bowl beat the egg whites.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour with salt. Add also the yeast mixture, rest of the milk, yogurt and egg whites. Mix well.
  4. Stir in cranberries.
  5. Use ladle to transfer portions of the batter mixture onto the frying pan filled with generous amount of oil, to cover at least half of the height of the pancakes.
  6. Once the pancakes are browned on one side, turn them over and fry some more.
  7. Place on the plate lined with paper towels to remove oil excess.
  8. Serve while still hot sprinkled with icing sugar.

Makes a lot of cranberry pancakes and serves about 6 – 8 hungry people.


Racuchy taste best served fresh while still hot and crunchy.

Cranberries can be replaced with other berries.


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Your thoughts…

  1. I have already made this. This is very tasty and yummy. I love pancake. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love pancakes. Thanks for this cranberry racuchy recipe. I will definitely try.

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