‘Mucenici’ are a traditional Romanian baked sweet bread that is only cooked and served on March 9 to celebrate the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sabastia (know in Romania as ‘Mucenici’).
This recipe can look intimidating but I assure you that you do not have to be a French pastry chef to make croissants. You do need some patience and a wood rolling pin, other than that you should have all the gifts needed to master this recipe. The best part is that you can use the same recipe for sweet, savory or plain croissants and I make all in a batch.
I’ve been planning to post this recipe for quite some time now. This is a long time favorite in our home and I love it because you can always change the filling and make it look like a totally new dish. Some of our favorite fillings for sweet crepes are Nutella, nutella and bananas, honey and chopped walnuts, lemon curd and berries, jam, sugar.
You can also do a savory variation – usually I replace 1/3 of the milk quantity with tomato juice and add fresh herbs to the mixture. For savory crepes filling we like sauteed mushrooms and onion, cheese and ham, cheese and fresh herbs.
It was my husband’s birthday this weekend so I gave another try to one of the most delicious and popular cakes in Romania – the Diplomat Cake. A combination of fruit and bavarian cream layered with lady fingers soaked in fruit juice. This is definitely a must try!
We always have bananas in our household, it’s a great snack and my kids love them until they start getting the brown spots and nobody wants to eat them after. This Blueberry Banana recipe is a quick and delicious way to use those overripe bananas. The blueberries will add a sour touch to the sweetness of the banana bread but if you don’t have any on hand you can substitute with walnuts / cranberry / raisins or just use plain bananas.
These doughnuts are a traditional Romanian dessert better known in the US as Paczki. I guess each European country has it’s recipe and they are all delicious; I’ve tasted them as paczki, beignets, berliner. When I bite into one I can see myself in my grandmother’s kitchen waiting for them to be ready so I can indulge. They are best when served warm and nothing beats a home-made doughnut.