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…

Veterník – Creamy Choux Pastry

Veternik is a traditional “old-school” cake or creamy puff. It’s a sweet return to the days when my parents were my age and when going to the Pastry/ Cake Store (in Slovak called Cukráreň) was a special “once-a-week” thing. All dressed up, families would head out for a walk (most often after the Sunday lunch)that…

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…