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…

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…

Germany – Bienenstich

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.

France – Croissants

If someone had told me a year ago that I would make croissants, I wouldn’t have believed them. Especially if they told me that after trying to make them once, I would actually still want to attempt it again. But here we are, I like making croissants, they are less terrifying than I had ever…

Czech Republic – Medovnik

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.

Czech Republic – Koláče

This week we venture to the Czech Republic, where I have found myself relying a little too heavily on the questionable products of Google Translate. I thought the most accurate recipes would be in Czech, and so I found a couple of recipes, but the problems started when I turned them into English. So this week,…