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Lecso- Hungarian Pepper-Tomato Stew

Lecso- Hungarian Pepper-Tomato Stew

Lecso is a Hungarian dish that is very similar to the Italian peperonata. This dish is made with bell peppers, especially red sweet ones, onions, garlic and tomatoes. The sweet paprika, the most popular condiment used in the Hungarian and Transylvanian  cuisines, is added to the sauce for a rich flavor.  The stew can also carry smoked bacon, sausages or even pork. In other words, it could be vegetarian/vegan or not. If you choose to not add any meat to…

Apple Pie Bars- Romanian Slab Pie

Apple Pie Bars- Romanian Slab Pie

October is here and apples are in season and a little bit cheaper, which means that it is time to bake an apple pie, Romanian style. I have to confess that writing this recipe, as easy as it looks like, it kind of kicked my butt. With my recipes, I always try to do the best work I can when it comes bringing my own culture into the American one. American apple pie is not the same as the Romanian version,…

German Plum Kuchen- Pflaumenkuchen

German Plum Kuchen- Pflaumenkuchen

I love this recipe. While plums are still in season, this recipe should be on the list of everyone who loves baking bars and using seasonal ingredients. The recipe comes from Transylvania and it is specific to the Saxon(German) cuisine. Easy to make and incredible delicious, the German Plum Kuchen is a little treasure, great for a lazy Sunday afternoon snack, or dessert. Click here to PIN this tasty recipe so you can make it later! Tip: The dough can…

German Peach Kuchen

German Peach Kuchen

This is a very popular recipe in the Saxon cuisine of Transylvania, peaches and custard baked to a chewy, gooey perfection on a tender cookie crust. Can be made all year around  with canned peaches, but try the fresh ones in the summer first. Served hot with ice cream or alone cold, the recipe is so popular that I even found a version of it in a Saxon Cook Book published in 1955 by the Transylvanian Saxons immigrated to United…

Jam Crescent Pastries(Cornulete Cu Gem)

Jam Crescent Pastries(Cornulete cu gem)

I always loved these delicious crescent pastries, popular in many Eastern European countries. I already have on my blog another version of them, made with a different type of dough. There are many recipes out there and I have to say that most of them are great. The dough on the first version of these cookies on my blog  is made with farmer cheese(or ricotta). It is a very old recipe that goes well for a lot of pastries. It uses…

Walnuts And Cinnamon Coffee Cake- An Old Saxon Recipe From Transylvania

Walnuts And Cinnamon Coffee Cake- An Old Saxon Recipe From Transylvania

I adore Transylvanian desserts and this recipe comes from there. It does not claim to be a fancy one but it is an old treasure that I thought deserves some attention due to the simplicity of the ingredients. This recipe of walnuts and cinnamon coffee cake is inherited from my grandmother who was German and lived in Transylvania. The cake is made from a simple batter with butter, sugar, eggs, flour and spices. Before it goes in the oven, the…

Walnut Cake With Egg Yolk Glaze

Walnut Cake with Egg Yolk Glaze

This is a very old family recipe. Very popular in Transylvania and other parts of Eastern Europe, this cake is known as the " recipe of walnut cake with egg yolk glaze". I love easy desserts and easy baking. This recipe fits exactly my passion for real ingredients that most of us should have in the pantry. The cake is made with flour and ground walnuts, butter, sugar and egg whites. The egg whites will give the cake an airy, fluffy…

Traditional Hungarian Goulash

Traditional Hungarian Goulash

This traditional Hungarian goulash is a beef stew cooked with lots of onions, Hungarian paprika, tomatoes and sweet peppers. Very popular in Hungary but also in other parts of Eastern Europe, this stew can be served with bread, pasta, like spaetzle, boiled or roasted potatoes and pickles. It is a very hearty dish that works best for chilly days. It feeds a crowd, it is nutritious and very easy to make. It is a very comforting meal, perfect for your…

Transylvanian Bacon Green Beans Soup

Transylvanian Bacon Green Beans Soup

This Transylvanian bacon green beans soup is a delicious one that can be made any time of the year. The best part of it is that it has bacon also. There are not too many soups in Transylvania that would not have some sort of pork meat and many times smoked meats are the choice. I am sure, a lot of you heard about Transylvania before. Dracula? Vlad the Impaler? Anyway, Transylvania is a region in the middle of Romania for the…

Jam And Walnuts Rugelach (Cornulete Cu Gem)

Jam And Walnuts Rugelach (Cornulete Cu Gem)

I was just thinking that if I was going to make the world a better place, I would do it with cookies. I am sure you already heard about rugelach cookies. Traditional ones are made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangle of dough filled with different ingredients. It could be jam, any kind of jam, it could be only nuts, or Turkish delight. These little delicious cookies are one of the many memories of my childhood. The cookies…

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