Quick Gingerbread Roll

I came across this brilliant recipe on one of my favorite Slovak food blogs and fell in love with it right away – I had to try to make it. It resembled everything I love about Christmas (I know, it’s only mid-November), minus the ton of work. Gingerbread – this Christmas staple is a must…

Marlenka – Honey Cake

Traditional Slovak Honey Cake is a delicious & flavorful layered cake with the main ingredient being Honey. Popular in many Eastern European countries, Ukraine & Russia, each having their own, a slightly different version of the same cake, is this Honey cake prepared mostly around Christmas or during cold, winter months. To make Marlenka, you…

Ricotta & Rye Scones

Delicious, soft, flavorful and nutritious Ricotta & Rye Scones disappeared in my kitchen faster than I managed to turn them into the dessert I was originally aiming for (Scones filled with whipped honey cream cheese, strawberries and tarragon 🙂 – never mind, second trial will be next weekend. Lately, I’ve been exploring different varieties of…

Laskonky

What to do with leftover egg whites? Laskonky! Traditional meringue sandwiches glued together with luscious Caramel & Walnut Cream. Slovak version of a famous Pavlova meringue is widely baked in almost every household during Christmas. Well, even October is a great time to make Laskonky, especially if you happen to have some leftover egg whites…

Honey & Cherry Cornbread

I am into cherries. Cherries together with plums were in the last couple of weeks my one and the only fruit I baked with. Somehow they always went really well with spiced, slightly warming and comforting cakes and pastries that I baked since the beginning of this fall. I like to keep things simple and…

Plum Butter (Lekvár) with Less Sugar

Plum Butter, in Slovak called Lekvár, is one of the most beloved and commonly used fruit preserves in Slovakia and neighboring countries. Used in a range of desserts, cakes and sweet dishes this staple is enjoyed all year long. Back in the days most households with plum trees used to make their own Plum Butter….

Banana Power Bites

This cake always brings back memories of when I lived in Nepal. I used to bake it once a month for a regular trail-race competition I used to participate in. Each runner in the competition got a piece of my Banana Power Bite to energize before the long run. One thing to real quick mention here…

Lemon-Saffron Loaf with Poppy Seeds

This delicious Lemon-Saffron Loaf is an elevated version of an all-time classic – traditional lemon pound cake. Lemon pound cake is one of my favorite comfort-treats enjoyed with an afternoon coffee or as sweet breakfast on weekends mornings. I tried two versions of the loaf – one plain and simple without anything on top –…

Swedish Cinnamon & Cardamom Kanelbullar

Traditional Swedish buttery pastry filled with Cinnamon & Cardamom filling. Anytime I am in Sweden, Kanelbullar is a must. These delicious pastries baked on every corner and smelling streets away and are a Swedish staple eaten for breakfast and as a part of a daily Fika. Fika in Sweden is a kind of ritual, enjoyed…

Palacinky – Slovak Style Pancakes

Pancakes, Crepes, Palatschinken, Blini, Blinciki, or in Slovak – Palacinky. This is the simple recipe for traditional Slovak Palacinky made my way. Everyone likes theirs differently – this is how I like mine. Very thin and crisp on the edges, with tiny holes in the center.  Fluffy, soft & simply delicious. Few tips before making Palacinky…