No-knead Sandwich Bread

Today I would love to introduce you to an amazingly versatile bread for beginners. No-knead, no-work bread mixed in (almost) no time that I used to bake a lot when I was starting with bread baking in general . Making your own bread can be scary or at least intimidating and for those who never…

Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake

Bundt cakes are Slovak Sunday’s classics. Quick and easy to make – dry and wet ingredients simply well mixed together and poured into a greased Bundt pan. My personal favorite is the plainest version of Bundt – either chocolate or marbled chocolate & vanilla cake. A piece of bundt is a real treat with a…

Krupica – Traditional Breakfast Porridge

Krupica (also known as a Cream of Wheat or Semolina Porridge) is a delicious breakfast porridge, a morning staple, and a widely enjoyed breakfast choice (and often a quick & easy dinner as well) in most households back home. I and most kids in Slovakia were served Krupica far earlier than we even knew how to…

Plum & Sweet Cheese Cake with Streusel from Fermented Dough

The fermented (or yeast-based) dough is probably my favorite base to lay delicious toppings on. There is nothing that can beat a freshly baked, deliciously smelling cake with hot, still bubbling fruits on top. The characteristic of the fermented dough is a very flavorful crumb and fluffy texture, that you can enhance even more if…

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….