London, such a great city with lots of delicious desserts.
Puddings, tarts, custards, pies and a lot of inns. But no bars!
So what is the origin of this cake and where did the name come from?
Our research showed traces of London Bars in Croatia as Londonerice or London štangice, in Hungary as Londoni szelet (just try reading all those names!) and many other places nearby. But no relation to London and British cuisine. 🤨
That’s no reason not to try them, is it?
Ingredients for the dough
200 g (1 ½ cup) of all purpose flour
140 g (1 ⅛ cup) of cold butter
6 tbsp sugar
4 egg yolk
a pinch of baking powder
zest of 1 lemon
Ingredients for the filling
200 g (1 ½ cup) granulated sugar
140 g (1 ⅛ cup) of ground walnuts
juice of 1 lemon
4 egg whites
1 cup of chopped walnuts for sprinkling
a few tablespoons of apricot/plum jam for the spread
Make the dough by combining all the ingredients.
Leave in the fridge for 30min.
Preheat the oven at 180 °C (356 °F).
Roll the dough and place it in the 9×13 inch baking sheet.
Bake for 15 min.
While the dough is baking, mix egg whites until firm, add sugar and lemon juice.
At the end, with the spatula, gently mix in the ground walnuts.
Remove the dough form the oven and reduce the temperature to 150 °C (300 °F).
Spread the jam on the dough.
Pour the filling on the jam.
Sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts.
Return to oven and bake for another 15-20 min.
Tip: You can sprinkle the cake with ground walnuts instead!
This week is all about Christmas cookies 🙂 This is one of many variations of classic Linzer cookies that are very popular in Croatia. Traditionally they come with a hole on one side, allowing jam some breathing room and an audience 😉
They originally came to our Christmas tables from Linz, Austria, which is where they got the name from. Interestingly, they originated as a small version of world’s oldest torte recipe: Linzer Torte. Torte was created in the 17th and the cookies took two more centuries to develop, seeing the first light of day in the 19th century.
300 g (2 1/4 cup) all purpose flour
60 g (1/3 cup) starch
90 g (1/2 cup + 2 1/2 tbsp) of powdered sugar
20 g (2 tbsp) vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
210 g (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) cold butter, cut into slices
4 egg yolks
Knead the dough from all the ingredients.
Let it rest in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 200 °C (395 °F).
Roll out thinly and make cookies in shapes of your choice with a variety of molds. I used Christmas tree mold because Christmas 😀
Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
Bake for 10 minutes.
When cooled, spread them with the jam of your choice ( I used apricot), connect two by two and decorate according to your own inspiration.
For decoration mix egg whites with powered sugar to make the icing and sprinkle them with colorful decorations.
Tell us what’s your favorite Christmas cookie in the comments bellow!
If you think you have no baking skills, but would like to surprise your loved one(s) on Valentine’s day, this may be a solution to your problem(s)! Well, some of them, anyway…
With little time and good will, you could make these and surprise even yourself 😉
Ingredients (love potion #9)
All you need is (time, will and a little bit of love):
1 puff pastry sheet bought in the store (you want this quick, right?)
jam of your desire (as tunes to your heart’s rhythm)
1 egg (that’s kind of a standard ingredient in cakes)
a bit of dark chocolate to sprinkle the hearts (because love is sometimes bitter-sweet)
Preparation (you’ll have to work for it)
Though not a lot. You need time to invest in other areas after all. 😉
Roll the puff pastry on a floured surface. Make hearts with the larger heart mould. Spread some jam on one heart, cover with another heart.
Press the edges with a fork to keep the hearts closed. Unless you want broken hearts…
Beat the egg and brush it on the hearts.
Place them on a baking pan covered with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 min.
If you desire, melt a bit of dark chocolate on steam and sprinkle with the spoon on the hearts. You can sprinkle them whit icing sugar as well. That’s that bitter-sweet element we mentioned before 😉
I hope you will try to surprise yourself and make some puffy hearts this Valentine’s day :))