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…

Italy – Cannoli

Cannoli originate from Sicily, originally made during Carnevale, the festival season around Lent. They are usually filled with ricotta, and are delicious. I had originally planned to make something else this week, and then I was talking to my friend who said, “you know what I love? Cannoli.” I also love cannoli, although I hadn’t…

Italy – Tiramisu

Italia! Oh I’ve been excited about this one for a while. Italy is one of my most visited EU countries, and I adore it. As an art history student I fell in love with Italy through studying the Renaissance, and then kept going back for the food and the wine, and most importantly, the gelato….

Ireland – Chocolate Potato Cake

Potato is one of my main food groups. A friend once joked (or commented, it’s fairly true) that basically all I eat is either potato or chocolate. So I suppose it was inevitable that I was going to make this cake as soon as I found out it existed. I’ve made cakes with other vegetables…

Ireland – Oatmeal Cake

So this week, we venture to Ireland, which has, or at least its border has, been rather the topic of debate throughout all this Brexit chat. There have been some occurrences in the ongoing struggle towards Brexit of late, and so I thought I’d spend a little time this week talking about what is occurring….

Hungary – Beigli

I’ve been in Paris the last few days, and have gladly eaten many cakes and pastries and now I want to learn to bake elaborate things that look attractive and taste incredible (this may be a post-Brexit baking adventure, so watch this space). If you find yourself in Paris I highly recommend you visit Pain…

Hungary – Chimney Cake (Kürtőskalács)

To Hungary! Home of Houdini, and the creators of the biro and the Rubik’s cube, they joined the EU in 2004. It’s also the home of Kürtőskalács, or chimney cake, which dates from around 1450, with the first recipe recorded in 1784.  This is one of the more ambitious bakes of this project to date. I…

Greece – Galatopita

This post is a little later than my usual, slightly irregularly scheduled content, because I spent last week making lots of non-Brexit based cake. It was my dad’s birthday, so I made my second ever batch of macarons (they tasted the same, i.e. good, but looked considerably more ugly). The day after it was Oscar’s…

Greece – Vasilopita

This week, we travel to the home of Zeus, classical architecture and birthplace of democracy – Greece! In the last few years Greece have had a good chat about leaving the euro. There seems to be all sorts of bad press about trying to get out of Europe-based situations, but they haven’t gone as far…