Netherlands – Tompouce

Making tompouce this week has been sort of akin to the whole Brexit process. In that, I thought it was going to go okay, and then I made them and they didn’t turn out anything like I was hoping. Tompouce are a Dutch version of mille-feuille with pink icing on top, or orange icing if…

Netherlands – Speculaas

St Nicholas’ Day is celebrated on the 5, 6 or 19 December, depending on where you are in Europe. In the Netherlands, it’s the 5th (so I’m a little late with this). St Nicholas, or Sinterklaas in Dutch, is a sort of predecessor to Santa Claus/Father Christmas, gifts are usually given on St Nicholas’ Day,…

Malta – Kwarezimal

Kwarezimal, named from ‘quaresima’, the Italian word for Lent, are spiced biscuits eaten during Lent. They traditionally have no dairy products in (though mine have a little butter, but you can use vegetable fat instead), and are vegan, as animal products were usually avoided during Lent. Surprisingly, sugar wasn’t considered something to ‘give up’ at…

Malta – Għadam tal-mejtin

1. Make the pastry by rubbing the butter and flour together until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Mix the sugar with the eggs and add the mixture above. 2. Add the lemon and the vanilla essence and knead it. Add the milk and knead it to an elastic dough. 3. For the filling put the…

Luxembourg – Quetschentaart

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the day after Theresa May got her cabinet to pass the Brexit deal, and it seemed there would never be any peace again. If there was ever a day during the Brexit process when one needed to eat cake, it’s today….

Luxembourg – Bretzel

To Luxembourg! The second smallest and least populated EU state, with the only remaining sovereign Grand Duchy in the world. I was so glad I stumbled across this when trying to find something to bake for Luxembourg. There’s something lovely about finding out the different food traditions of a country, particular when they’re entwined with…

Lithuania – Obuoliu Pyragas (apple cake)

This week’s cake comes courtesy of my mum’s Lithuanian colleague, Ruta, who kindly gave me the recipe for her obuoliu pyragas. When you search for pyragas, all manner of cakes and pies will come up, variants of fruit-based desserts, all looking delicious. I can confirm that this particular apple cake is delicious and light, best…

Lithuania – Tinginys

Last night the clocks went back. The winter is starting to draw in, and I feel like this project is also starting to draw towards its close. In reality, I’ve still got five more months, and it looks like the original ‘Brexit Day’ won’t actually be ‘Brexit Day’, because why leave when you can extend…

Latvia – Rupjmaizes kārtojums (Rye trifle)

Last week they made rye bread on GBBO, and so it seemed vaguely appropriate that it was also my turn to make a rye bread-based dessert. Rye bread is delicious, but I’ve only ever had it as part of a sandwich, and having it as the main component of a dessert seemed unusual. That said,…

Latvia – Alexandertorte

This week, we reach Latvia. With 12,000 rivers and a lot of forest, including a super old oak tree, Latvia is also the birthplace of jeans. The cake this week, Alexandertorte, was reportedly first made to commemorate the visit of Tsar Alexander III (the penultimate tsar, in case you’re wondering) to Riga some time in…