Top 5 desserts of Eastern Europe

PPhoebe October 15, 2023 10:01 PM

Eastern Europe is known for its rich history, diverse culture, and most importantly, its unique and delicious cuisine. Desserts are an integral part of this culinary tradition, with each country boasting its own array of sweets that reflect its unique culture and history. In this article, we will explore the top 5 desserts of Eastern Europe, their stories, and how you can prepare them at home.

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1. Medovnik (Czech Republic)

Medovnik, also known as the 'Honey Cake', is a popular dessert in the Czech Republic. It is known for its layers of honey dough separated by delicious cream filling.

**Ingredients:

  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sour cream **

**How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Mix the honey, sugar, eggs, flour, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, then add it to the mixture.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts, then roll each part into a thin layer.
  5. Bake each layer in the oven for about 10 minutes until golden.
  6. Let the layers cool, then spread the sour cream on each layer and stack them on top of each other.
  7. Let the cake sit for a few hours before serving.

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2. Sacher Torte (Austria)

Sacher Torte is a classic Austrian dessert that is known worldwide. It is a chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam, covered with a glossy chocolate glaze.

**Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream **

**How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, then let it cool.
  3. Cream the butter and 1/2 cup of sugar together, then add the egg yolks one at a time.
  4. Stir in the melted chocolate, then fold in the flour.
  5. Beat the egg whites with the remaining sugar until stiff, then fold them into the chocolate mixture.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9-inch round cake pan, then bake for about 50 minutes.
  7. Let the cake cool, then spread the apricot jam on top.
  8. Heat the cream in a saucepan, then pour it over the remaining chocolate to make the glaze.
  9. Pour the glaze over the cake, spreading it evenly with a spatula.

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