Sweden – Toscakaka

So I finished the baking portion of this project a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been avoiding writing, waiting for some sort of certainty on how or whether Brexit is going to be completed, and the conclusion I’ve come to is that it’s likely to go on forever, so I might as well finish…

Sweden – Kanelbulle

I’ve been trying to catch up with this, but somehow now the deadline isn’t the 29th March but instead is “who the fuck knows when”, it seems less urgent to finish. Not saying that I won’t. Just that maybe it won’t all be complete by this Friday. Much like Brexit. It’s been an interesting watch…

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 – 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…