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Balkan The Balkan Cookbook

Romanian Chestnut Cake

From Inge Kramarz’s The Balkan Cookbook (1972), this beyond decadent chestnut cake from Romania is a sumptuous Eastern-European dessert that will transport you straight to Bucharest. Ingredients batter:6 egg whites1 cup sugar2 tbsp cocoa1 cup ground walnuts or hazelnuts2 tbsp jam filling:2 cans of chestnut puree1 cup unsalted butter4 tbsp sugar3 tbsp cocoa3 tbsp water1 …

Poland Polish Cookery

Chocolate Walnut Torte

Possibly my favorite recipe in Marja Ochorowicz-Monatowa’s entire book, Polish Cookery (or Uniwersalna Ksiazka Kucharska), this unassuming recipe humbly listed as “Unbaked Chocolate Torte” is a knock out in chocolate decadence. It consists of three well defined layers: a crust made from butter, sugar and grated chocolate, a filling of sweetened ground walnuts, and finally topped with …

Poland Polish Cookery

Almond Torte

Originally from Iran, almonds have been a part of the European diet for hundreds of years. So, it’s not surprising that we see almond and various other nut based desserts flourish in the pages of old European cookbooks. Polish Cookery (or Uniwersalna Ksiazka Kucharska) by Marja Ochorowicz-Monatowa is no exception. This simple and yet elegant …