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…

Lithuania – Obuoliu Pyragas (apple cake)

This week’s cake comes courtesy of my mum’s Lithuanian colleague, Ruta, who kindly gave me the recipe for her obuoliu pyragas. When you search for pyragas, all manner of cakes and pies will come up, variants of fruit-based desserts, all looking delicious. I can confirm that this particular apple cake is delicious and light, best…

Lithuania – Tinginys

Last night the clocks went back. The winter is starting to draw in, and I feel like this project is also starting to draw towards its close. In reality, I’ve still got five more months, and it looks like the original ‘Brexit Day’ won’t actually be ‘Brexit Day’, because why leave when you can extend…

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,…

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Cannoli originate from Sicily, originally made during Carnevale, the festival season around Lent.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 – 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….