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…
This time of year is the best for fruit. Blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and of course, plums. So nothing could have made me happier than to be sent a recipe for German plum cake (or zwetschgendatschi) from my friends (thank you Philipp and Lucy!). Of course, the recipe was in German, so I (wisely, I think), decided to…
To Germany! The largest EU economy, with a chancellor who had a Barbie made in her image. Perhaps better known for its beer and sausages, it also is home to lots of delicious cake. Enter, the bienenstich, or bee sting cake.
This cake was such a joy to make. I love it when a cake is just simple, straightforward, you put all the ingredients in one bowl, whack it in the oven, and out comes something that tastes incredible. No messing about, no frills, just great cake.
We are 8 countries down, 20 to go, which brings us to Finland! Home of the Moomins, Nokia and baby boxes, it is one of the least corrupt countries in Europe, and has one of the most extensive welfare systems.
Sometimes things don’t quite go to plan. Sometimes you plan to make something and halfway through it goes a bit/a lot wrong and then rather than trying again you decide to just find something else to make. This is the story of what happened this week.
This week we travel to Estonia, champions of wife-carrying (it’s a sport. No. Seriously, it is). Estonia is also the home of Skype, and the highest number of meteorite craters per land area in the world.
The best summer cake in existence? I think so. Lagkage means ‘layer cake’, and is often made for birthdays in Denmark. Thanks to Eva for recommending this to me!
Now, to Denmark! Home of Lego, Hans Christian Andersen and lots of delicious pastries. The world’s largest romkugler (rum truffle) was made in Denmark and weighed 31kg. The ones I made this week weigh significantly less than that, but hopefully taste as good.
Last week I boiled a can of condensed milk for a few hours and it helped me make this wonderful looking thing. Medovnik, or honey cake, is a traditional Czech cake, with variations across other European countries.