Tvaroh & Blueberry No-Bake Cake

Summer heat and some ladyfinger biscuits laying on our kitchen counter got me craving for some delicious refreshing summer dessert, ideally made in under thirty minutes. Tvaroh, a Slovak-style cottage cheese that I was saving for a special occasion (as it is not always readily available in my town) was about to be secretly finished…

Dutch Baby with Cognac Orange Cream

Dutch baby is a lovely & extravagant oven-baked pancake that puffs into a beautiful piece of art due to a very high oven temperature, sizzling-hot pan, and a good amount of butter in it. This great-looking, fluffy & pillowy creation is a magic that elevates your weekend brunch to another level – and it doesn’t take much…

Mom’s Apple Pie with Meringue

Crispy and buttery pie crust holding plenty of sweet & sour cinnamon-tossed apples, all of it covered under a light, pillowy meringue. Delicious apple pie prepared in a traditional way served year-round but most often during apple harvest season. Mom usually makes this pie at least once a week when we are harvesting apples in…

Blueberry Sumac Knots with Yogurt

I took a refreshing, summer twist on traditional Swedish Kanelbullar and created these delicious breakfast Blueberry knots. Knots are made with aromatic cardamom, fresh lemon zest and tangy, tart sumac. The yogurt glaze on top can be as well served on the side and knots can be dipped into the yogurt frosting especially if served…

Moldovan Walnut Vertuta

Vertuta is a delicious traditional Moldovan pastry (very common and popular in Romania and parts of Ukraine as well) that can be baked into a sweet or savory pie. When sweet, the pastry very much resembles a typical Slovak hand-pulled strudel and when prepared savory a delicious Greek spanakopita. A base for Vertuta is a…

Braided Vanilla Bread from Yogurt-Enriched Dough

Last weekend I finally got to bake again this rich & delectable yeasted bread after quite some time. After sharing some pictures of the bread on my Instagram, my inbox got filled with messages asking for the recipe and no wonder. Easy to make, great looking bread that feeds the crowd is a “go-for” treat…

Hungarian Zserbo Slices

Zserbo cake is a traditional Hungarian dessert that is very popular in parts of Slovakia as well. I was surprised when a couple of days ago a friend of mine (from Slovakia living here in the U.S.) came to visit me and when I offered her a slice of Zserbo she asked twice what was…

Apricot Linzer Torte

Linzer Torte is a traditional Austrian cake consisting of buttery nut & flour crust and a fruit preserve, most usually raspberry or apricot. Its name is derived from a place of its’ origin, a picturesque Austrian city – Linz. A typical design of the cake is made with a criss-cross or so-called lattice pattern on…

Revani – Orange & Semolina Cake

Let’s take a short break from (my beloved) pastries and yeasted doughs and welcome an upcoming spring with a refreshing, sunny and juicy Greek dessert. Revani is a delicious and unique traditional Greek cake (often called Ravani as well) made with semolina flour, almonds, a lot of oranges and herb-infused syrup. The cake is a…

Hand Pulled Strudel

A traditional pulled Strudel with paper-thin dough layers is a treat and as well as a culinary art. Our grandmas were masters of the technique and could slowly and patiently pull the dough so precisely that at the end it would hang over the edges of a table and you could literally read your newspaper…