Desserts

Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1.5 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring filling

This is my take on classic cheesecake, every rich decadent mouthful. I make this roughly once per year because it is so rich and decadent. Often it is my husband’s birthday cake and works particularly well for his Christmas birthday because it isn’t holiday themed. I also use it as a base layer for whatever “flavored” cheesecake you want, strawberry topped, add a swirl of homemade caramel, top with banana slices, chocolate curls, a sprinkle of pie spice. It makes the perfect palette.

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Chocolate Potica

Chocolate Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs +rising

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spreading filling

I will start off by saying that you will probably only like this recipe if you like the taste of dark chocolate because it features bittersweet chocolate. However, if you do like dark chocolate you will LOVE it as it tastes rich like a candy bar or nutella. It’s a love it or hate it sort of thing. If you tend to like eastern European sweets that have that dark chocolate bite to them you will totally love this recipe. You’ve been warned. Now the back story. I have a lovely friend who is Slovenian, living in Slovenia, and she mentioned that she makes walnut (the most traditional flavor) potica every year for Christmas and Easter.

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Walnut Potica

Walnut Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs + rising time

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spread Filling

I have a lovely lady friend who is my pen pal in Slovenia. Recently she wrote to me about one of their Christmas traditions, potica and how she made it for her entire family as per usual. She mentioned that there were a variety of flavors, but that she herself always sticks with walnut and was planning on making another round for Easter. Well since Easter is coming up I decided to google around and try this tasty sounding Slavic holiday tradition. I found a blog of Slovenian food with a tasty sounding recipe that was different in that it called for sour cream in the dough. Now I’ve worked with sour cream doughs in the past when I’ve made usky and pelmeni and I like them quite a bit. They are richer and so easier to stretch, handle and work with so I decided to give her recipe a spin. The results were very tasty, although my potica cracked, probably because sour cream dough is weaker than regular milk dough. I’ve asked my friend for her recipe and can’t wait to compare results. Meanwhile, below is the recipe for “apple” as my children so oddly call it, probably because of the cinnamon, potica which I would totally make again on another holiday just for fun.

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Sharlotka

Sharlotka or Russian Apple Cake

Serves: 4-6

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring

For the uninitiated, Sharlotka is Russian apple cake, named it is said, after the beloved daughter Charlotte of its creator. Basically, it is like a sponge cake (so no butter or oil) with apple slices mixed in. It’s very sweet I find (probably to make up for the lack of butter, oil etc.) so it’s best to use nice tart apples for a lovely contrast. The good news is that it’s much lighter than your average cake, very much a sponge cake in that regard. It doesn’t go as far as regular cake so make extra if you’re feeding a crowd. I would not ice this cake, but would cover it in powdered sugar if you feel it needs decoration. It goes without saying that the perfect accompaniment is a hot cup of tea on a fall day, preferably from your samovar if you have one…

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Heart-shaped Chocolate Baby Cakes

Heart-shaped Chocolate Baby Cakes

Serves: 6

Time: 25 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

I got this cute heart shape cake mold at least 15 years ago on a Valentine’s Day whim. At the time I was making things with a Valentine’s Day theme. Now, alas 10 years of marriage and three kids has sort of taken that to a standstill. I still kept the mold though and I did find the time to make these cakes. These are really a light sponge cake, not a brownie, although I like brownies a lot in this pan too. Now I make the little heart cakes for my kids and sometimes fill the center with either cream or frosting.

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