Eastern European Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Eastern Europeans love chocolate and they have some of the finest-grade chocolate at their disposal to create luscious desserts.

Remember to use good-quality chocolate in these recipes to create decadent treats. In most cases, chocolate chips just won't do.

These recipes, but these will give you a head start at baking your way into a loved one's heart.

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    Photo of Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska
    Photo of Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This decadent Hungarian trifle recipe is known as somloi galuska (shom-loh-ee gah-LOOSH-kah), and is made with three different-flavored sponge cakes, pastry cream, raisins, walnuts, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.

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    Flourless Chocolate Cake
    Flourless Chocolate Cake. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This flourless chocolate cake recipe is perfect anytime but especially for Passover because it contains no flour, which, along with other leavening agents, is forbidden by the Torah during the eight days of Passover.
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    Hungarian Esterhazy Torte
    Hungarian Esterhazy Torte. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Hungarian Esterhazy torte is a rich dessert consisting of chocolate buttercream sandwiched between four layers of sponge cake. It is purportedly named after 19th-century Prince Esterhazy of Hungary, whose was related to Austrian royalty (and all their fabulous desserts!).

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    Polish Drunkard's Cake (Ciasto Pijak) Recipe

    Polish Drunkard's Cake or Ciasto Pijak
    Polish Drunkard's Cake or Ciasto Pijak. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    I learned to make this recipe for Polish drunkard's cake in the village of Łopuszna in the Podhale region of Małopolska in the southeastern mountains of Poland. The cake gets its name from the fact that the top layer of ladyfingers is soaked in rum. This is definitely not a dessert for the kiddies.

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    Cocoa-Dusted Truffles
    `Cocoa-Dusted Truffles. © Alexandra Grablewski / Getty Images
    Eastern Europeans are huge chocolate and coffee fans. And in a show of national pride, they will argue that theirs are far superior to any other country's. This easy, three-ingredient recipe for rich, dark chocolate truffles packs a double kick of caffeine. A couple of these with, perhaps, some chocolate-dipped strawberries and you have a decadent dessert.
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    Hungarian Dobosh Torte
    Hungarian Dobosh Torte. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Dobosh Torte, also known as drum torte, is a rich Hungarian sponge cake consisting of seven layers filled with rich chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel. It was invented by and named after Hungarian (some say he was Austrian) pastry chef Jozsef C. Dobos in 1884.
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    Almond Torte
    Almond Torte. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com

    This is another example of a cross-cultural dessert that uses Eastern Europe's bounty of almonds. The top can be gussied up with chocolate ganache and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

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    Chocolate covered strawberries
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    These chocolate-dipped strawberries are easy to make because the chocolate doesn't require tempering. I used to be a snob, thinking that coating chocolate was inferior. Well, now that coating chocolate has improved over the years, I'm a big fan.
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    Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe

    Chocolate mousse
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    This easy, foolproof chocolate mousse recipe can be made with semisweet or milk chocolate, and prepared up to two days in advance. Serve it in parfait glasses or dress it up by placing scoops of mousse between thin cookies for a napoleon effect. This recipe is perfect for an intimate dinner for two, but it can be doubled or tripled to good effect.

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    Croatian Bajadera Torte
    Croatian Bajadera Torte. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This is an easy no-cook, no-bake dessert that the kids can help make. This would make a terrific edible gift especially if wrapped in a pretty box.
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    Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake
    Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This traditional recipe for Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake has a delightful history. Rigo Jancsi was a famous Hungarian gypsy violinist. In 1896 while in Paris, Jancsi played for Prince Josef and Princess Klara. Fascinated by his swarthy good looks, she fell in love. Klara left her husband and children to follow Jancsi who divorced his wife. The affair didn't last but the cake Rigo created with a confectioner in Klara's honor did.
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    Jewish Chocolate Babka
    Jewish Chocolate Babka. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This chocolate babka recipe was appropriated from the Poles by Eastern European or Ashkenazi Jews. As with most recipes, changes were made over the years. Instead of being baked in a swirly babka pan the Poles use, most Jewish people bake it in a loaf pan and, often, add a streusel topping. It's a delicious, rich version that is most commonly made in chocolate, cinnamon and almond varieties and, in my opinion, surpasses most Polish babkas I've tasted.
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    Serbian Log Torte Recipe - Panj Torta

    Serbian Log Cake Held by Radmila Milivojevic
    Serbian Log Cake Held by Radmila Milivojevic. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Log cakes are common throughout Europe, especially for Christmas, Easter and whenever the whim strikes.