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…

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…

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….

Swedish Cinnamon & Cardamom Kanelbullar

Traditional Swedish buttery pastry filled with Cinnamon & Cardamom filling. Anytime I am in Sweden, Kanelbullar is a must. These delicious pastries baked on every corner and smelling streets away and are a Swedish staple eaten for breakfast and as a part of a daily Fika. Fika in Sweden is a kind of ritual, enjoyed…

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…

Red Wine Poached Pears

Luscious & decadent dessert that can be served warm or cold. Poached Pears is a traditional French recipe that was originally developed to consume unattractive-looking fruits with a grainy flesh in a fancier way (kind of zero-waste recipe of old times, wasn’t it? 🙂 Preparation is very easy and can be very quick as well…

Spiced Cherry Lavash Cake

This is the cake of my childhood – and brings back memories of celebrating birthdays and name days with my family around the table. Most of the time with this very same cake. Traditionally we use ladyfinger biscuits instead of the lavash bread but lately, I was experimenting a lot with my recently most favorite…

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…