Slovakia – Sour Cherry Cakes

These little sour cherry cakes promised to be fairly straightforward (not going to lie that that’s why I chose them), however the dough was super sticky, and I had to ply it with loads of flour so that I could effectively fold the dough around the cherries. Even then, they were nowhere near as neat…

Slovakia – Oriešky

And so to Slovakia! Getting very close to the end of this project now. Oriešky are cute, small walnuts cookies that are baked in moulds so they actually look like walnuts too. I convinced myself that I could get away with not using moulds to make these, and it turns out that whilst they still…

Romania – Cozonac

Cozonac. A Romanian sweet bread eaten at Easter and Christmas (or in my case, January). I thought this was going to be quite an undertaking when I looked at the recipe, and to be fair, it kind of was, but it was also great. It tastes just wonderful, the mix of chocolate and citrus, with…

Portugal – Biscoitos

What an exhausting mess Brexit is. This evening is what seems to be the millionth vote on “what should we do?”, the response to which will almost undoubtedly be “but why can’t we all agree?!” I’ve almost stopped caring what happens to be honest, and I’ve been pretty interested in this thing the whole way…

Portugal – Pasteis de Nata

Oh hi Portugal. Portugal is apparently the oldest nation state in Europe, having had the same fixed borders since 1139. It has the longest bridge in Europe, and produces a lot of cork. It’s also top of my places in the EU to visit list, and home of a multitude of delicious cakes. Including Pasteis de Nata….

Poland – Mazurek Tart

Well, what a week it’s been. A vote on a deal that failed, a no-confidence vote that also failed, and now we’re back where we were approximately two months ago. I’m sort of running out of things to say about Brexit, purely because it just keeps getting more ridiculous with every passing week. Will it…

Poland – Rogaliki

Happy New Year! It’s been a little while, and so I’m a little behind schedule now, although to be fair so is the government with actually deciding on what we’re going to do about Brexit, so it’s all good. We’re at Poland now. I have eaten a good amount of savoury Polish food, but I’ve…

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…