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…

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…

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…