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…

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….

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…

Cocoa Wreath from Leavened Dough

My biggest struggle in writing this recipe was how to name it properly. Cocoa Wreath or perhaps Bundt Babka, or maybe a Kaisergugelhupf? Well, the truth is that my wreath is a bit of everything. This dough is very similar to one I make for Babka but shaped into a Wreath and baked in a…

Grandma’s Doughnuts

Doughnuts soft and fluffy like a cloud, filled with most delicious homemade fillings. Crunchy, fluffy, creamy. Following my Grandma’s recipe and proving doughnuts for several hours to develop the right kind of flavor and texture – we could not even expect different than a perfect result. I took a twist on those traditional Slovak doughnuts…

Moist Bundt Cake – Basic Recipe

Bundt Cake is a Slovak classic. If it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon treat or busy weekday breakfast you can’t go wrong with a Bundt Cake. The beauty of this cake is that it can be as simple and plain, made with just a couple of basic ingredients, as it can be luxurious and decadent, topped…

Poppy Seed Cake with Mascarpone Mousse and Berries

Lately, I got into baking traditional Slovak recipes and friends, I love it. Slovak cuisine is full of amazingly delicious dishes and sweets. Sweets, cakes, and desserts are a big part of our culture. If it’s three-course Sunday lunch or time for a Wednesday afternoon coffee, there is always a good reason for a nice…

Poppy Seed Vegan Babka

This delicious vegan leavened dough is perfect for most sweet sourdough-ish recipes. I was skeptical at the beginning of how this dough will behave and how it will taste when baked. No milk, no butter, no eggs. I always thought that butter is simply irreplaceable when it comes to sourdough pastries. Taste-wise and property-wise. As I…