Spain – Tarta de Santiago

We’re not leaving the EU on 29th March (perhaps). My timeline has been messed up, thanks Theresa. This cake was the easiest thing ever to make. Theresa May would love it if getting us out of the EU was as easy to make as this cake. 5 ingredients, and some icing sugar for dusting, the…

Spain – Tres Leches

I made this a while ago now, before I ran a half marathon (yay) and got really rather ill (boo), and it was heartwarming and delicious and the kind of cake that should be eaten in the summer, but always kept in the fridge because so much dairy. Tres leches means three milks – you’ve got your…

Slovenia – Prekmurska gibanica

I have to admit that I was really resistant to making this. I wasn’t convinced that it was going to turn out right, and this year I’ve made so many things that are completely unfamiliar to me. This is the last one, the last cake in this project that I felt totally out of my…

Slovenia – Kremna Rezina

Okay, so this only went a tiny bit wrong. There’s something to be said for being extra patient and waiting until your custard is as thick as humanly possible, because in that case this might have been fine. Instead I ended up serving a puddle of creme pat to my friends sandwiched between some puff pastry…

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…

Romania – Placinta cu mere

Romania joined the EU in 2007, one of the more recent entrants. It’s home to the world’s heaviest building, the Palace of the Parliament, and world’s longest sausage (39 miles, no, really). It’s one of the countries where European bison have been reintroduced, and also houses Europe’s largest population of brown bears. Baking Romanian desserts…

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…

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…