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…

Walnut & Cinnamon Wreath

Walnut pastries, rolls, strudels, cakes and (you name it) all kinds of baked goods filled with walnut filling are an inherent part of a Slovak sweet culinary tradition. The abundance of walnuts and walnut trees growing in backyards and gardens behind the houses (both of my grandmas had at least one huge walnut tree in…

Vianočka – Traditional Sweet Braided Bread

Vianočka is a traditional sweet braided or plaited bread with the shape that resembles Challah. The word Vianočka in Slovak & Czech language means “Christmassy” (Vianoce means Christmas) because back in the days Vianočka was baked mainly around Christmas time (when I say back in the days the first mention of bread comes from the…

Spinach & Feta Kolaches

Kolaches are on my menu usually at least a few times a week. Being a very traditional Slovak pastry, I teach classes on kolaches and bake them for my friends who always expect some when they come over ho say hi Kolaches are a simple comfort snack and back home even a common lunch accompanied…