Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering "cake and coffee" to any guest who visits, expected or unexpected. That means some type of dessert has to be on hand in the pantry at all times. Those that are moist and have a long shelf life like Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Nut Roll, Strudel, Bread Pudding and those that can be pulled together quickly are the darlings of the Eastern European cook. Here are 10 to try.
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A Mazurek is a flaky, flat Polish pastry traditionally served at Easter time. But its buttery crust has made it mandatory at any special occasion year-round. This mazurek is "royal" because the dollops of preserves in the latticework resemble the jewels in a crown. Read more about Polish mazurek.
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This seven-layer Hungarian cake sports a caramel top.
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This is one of the moistest nut rolls I've had the pleasure to taste. The recipe comes to me by way of Sophia Saliwonczyk.
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Polish kolaczki are flaky filled cookies that can be made in diamond shapes, rounds or with all four corners folded in toward the center.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Polish cheesecake - sernik - is a rich, delicious dessert not at all like the American cream cheesecakes most people are used to.
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Croatian povitica - also known as Slovenian potica - is a sweet yeast bread roll with a moist walnut filling.
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This rich Croatian dessert has seven layers of wafer and chocolate-nut filling. You'll need a strong cup of Croatian Turkish-style coffee with this one!Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Indianer - Hungarian cream puffs - are like French profiteroles.
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Bublanina, a Czechoslovakian dessert, is made with whatever fruit is most plentiful at the time.