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Medovnik Honey Cake

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Finally- I took the time to try making this wonderful layered dessert from the Czech Republic.  I had the most amazing piece of this dessert with my friend Angie on a terrace overlooking the city of Prague and decided then and there that I had to try making it.  There are many recipes online for this cake and I think I read through them all- trying to pick one that I thought might duplicate the wonderful dessert I tried in Prague.  The one I chose was from en.ptitchef.com and since I made quite a few changes to it, this recipe is mostly original.

INGREDIENTS:

For cake layers:

  • 1cup of butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2c. sugar
  • 3 T. (dark!) honey
  • 1 T. baking soda
  • 3 c. flour

For fillings:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1c. finely chopped walnuts (I used pecans- I like them better!)
  • 2T. flour
  • 1/2c. milk
  • 1/4c. Crisco
  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 3/4c. sugar
  • 1/2t. vanilla
  • pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Melt butter completely in microwave or over stove.
  • Whisk in eggs
  • Gradually add sugar, honey, baking soda and flour, mix until smooth.
  • Place sheets of parchment paper on baking sheets and trace circle around a cake pan (I used 8 inch and fit two per baking sheet)
  • Spoon batter into each circle and spread out thin until circle is filled- like a giant pancake- PAST the lines you traced.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes until golden brown.  Watch it closely as it goes from uncooked to golden very quickly.
  • Slide layers off sheet by pulling parchment paper onto a cool counter and allow layers to cool.
  • Repeat this until you have 6 layers.
  • Using a cake pan, cut each layer into a circle and pull away excess cake from edges (save this in a separate bowl). Gently peel away parchment paper from bottom of each layer as you assemble the cake.
  • Put excess cake edges into a food processor and chop into fine crumbs.

Fillings:

  • Combine sweetened condensed milk with finely chopped nuts (this is your 1st filling)
  • Cook 2T. flour and 1/2 c. milk together over stovetop until thick and smooth.  Cool completely. Add Crisco, butter, sugar, vanilla and salt and whip this together until light and fluffy. (this is your second filling)

Assembling Cake:

  • Place one layer of cake on a serving plate.
  • Top with cream filling and spread to edges.
  • Place another layer of cake on top of cream filling.
  • Top with sweetened condensed milk/nut layer and spread to edges.
  • Repeat this until all cake layers are used.  You should use all of cream filling and about 1/2 of condensed milk filling.
  • Spread remaining condensed milk/nut filling over top and sides of cake.
  • Press chopped cake crumbs into top and sides of cake.
  • Refrigerate and serve!
My thoughts:  I wish I’d used dark honey – Prague Medovnik had a wonderful molasses flavor and it was a dark cake.  I think a darker honey would help match this look and flavor.  I like the cream filling (borrowed it from a cake recipe my grandma makes) but it doesn’t match the cream in the Prague cake well….further experimentation is needed 🙂  I will edit this post if I come up with a better filling.  The filling in Prague was almost like the filling inside a Hostess Cupcake– if any of you have a recipe that comes close to this kind of cream filling let me know!!  This is an incredibly UNIQUE cake.  It got rave reviews among my friends and I loved it– I will definitely be making this again!

Medovnik in Prague

My version of Medovnik

Oh yeah…I have a blog!

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I’m BA-A-A-ACK! 🙂

I spent the last 3 weeks in Europe (Slovakia and Czech Republic to be specific) teaching English through a ministry called Josiah Venture (AMAZING trip– loved every bit of it!), and visiting my dear friends Dave and Angie who live in Prague.

I didn’t forget about you -dear readers- and although I haven’t baked in WAY too long, I did enjoy a feast of new foods and tried to photograph them along the way- so enjoy!!!

Camp food:  really amazing!  This was a typical lunch- always soup- usually with cabbage, although this was a lot like egg drop soup I thought- all of the soups were GREAT!  Then rice and meat after the soup.  I loved how pretty this particular pile of rice and chicken was– very yummy!

Dinner was light- and often a sweet meal.  This is called Bukti (spelling??) and its a sweet bread.  One variety was filled with a preserve and dusted with sugar.  This variety was covered in a pudding.  You’ve gotta love a country that serves dessert for dinner!!!  YAY!

Bukti--I've been promised a recipe for this and I'm excited to try it!

On a camp hike we found these wonderful wild blueberries

And then there’s Kofola– a cola made popular during communism as a much cheaper alternative to Coke or Pepsi- it seems as if everyone in the country is CRAZY for this beverage– it’s everywhere!  I thought it was ok, but it has a bitter aftertaste- I will keep my Pepsi 🙂  Another beverage popular in both Slovakia and Czech Republic is Vinea- a fizzy non-alcoholic soft drink that tastes like a sweet wine– LOVED it!!!!  Wish they made it here in America!

Kofola!!!

Too much Kofola..

Once I reached Prague there was a feast of new and fun foods– starting with a trip to Old Town Square and my first experience with Trdelnik- a yummy sugar-covered pastry that unrolls in a spiral as you pull.

Then there was the ice cream— called zmrzlina in both Slovak and Czech (it took me a week to learn how to say it!) it is a wonderful creamy ice cream (like Italian gelato) in a ton of fun flavors (my favorite was coconut!!!)

They also had lots of ice cream bars that put our bars to shame!  I had a Magnum extra caramel bar at Karlstejn Castle while waiting for our tour that was the BEST ice cream bar I’ve ever had— YUM!!!

Dinner?  Why Kangaroo, thank you!  Dave and Angie took me to a favorite local restaurant where Dave graciously offered me a taste of the kangaroo he’d ordered.  It was wonderful, but I LOVED the dish I ordered- smazeny syr– or the biggest hunk of cheese you’ve ever seen fried and served with tartar sauce– YUM!!!!!!

Smazeny Syr!!!

And my favorite food moment of this trip– a slice of Medovnik (honey cake) and coffee on a terrace overlooking Prague…

Medovnik was absolutely WONDERFUL!  It had a sweet molasses-y taste with a wonderful cream filling alternated with a thicker sweet paste.  I have a recipe…I have the ingredients…   TIME is all I lack!  I have a busy fall ahead of me and my posts will be fewer I’m afraid.  I do hope that you enjoyed my little food tour of Slovakia and Czech Republic!  This post made me hungry– time for dinner!  :)r-

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