Mucenici (moldovenesti)

Mucenici is a Christian feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste, a traditional holiday in Romania. It coincides with the start of the agricultural year. Those who observe this holiday clean their households and light fire to garbage collected from their homes, to bring warmth outside. Some believe that when the Martyrs were drowned, flowers…

Prajitură cu afine – bluberry cheesecake

250 g blueberries 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 digestive cookies 25 g butter 250 g mascarpone 1 dl cream 2-4 tablespoons sugar, to taste Add half of the blueberries, 1 tablespoon of sugar and vanilla sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes,…

Pască – Easter bread

After 7 weeks of fasting (abstinence from any kind of food derived from animals)  with Good Friday being the absolute fast comes Easter, one of the two most celebrated Greek Orthodox religious holidays. Pască is a sweet, soft, yeast braided bread filled with a cheese mixture. Pască is made with the dough from cozonac and a…

Fursecuri – cookies

  Ingredients: 150 g butter 50 g sugar 1 egg 50 g grounded hazelnuts 25 g grounded almonds 200 g flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 200 g preserve (your choice, I used cherry) powdered sugar for decoration Preparation: Mix butter and sugar fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. Fold in the grounded nuts and almonds. Sieve the flour and add…

Mere coapte – Baked apples

I love those treats. It’s simple to make and delicious, can be served simple, with whipped cream or with ice cream. I bake those in large muffin papers so the juice stay in the apple. Ingredients per person: 2 apples 2 teaspoons sugar vanilla essence 75 g nuts/almonds cinnamon 2 teaspoons sultanas 2 teaspoons  butter Preaheat…

Chec – chocolate cake

Ingredients: 450 g sugar 375 g flour 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar 250 ml milk 350 g butter 6 eggs 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons cocoa Instructions: Mix sugar and milk in a medium saucepan and place pan over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Stir constantly. Once the sugar has melted…

Minciunele – Sweet treats

My grandmother used to make those sweet treats. It is fast and can be served hot or cold. Mincunele means little lies in Romanian. Ingredients: 500 g flour 2 eggs 2 yolks 2 tablespoons of sour cream 1 teaspoon of baking powder. 4-5 tablespoons powdered sugar for coating 500 g of sunflower oil for frying…

Amandine – chocolate cakes

This was my favorite prājiturā – cake – when I was a child. We would go out to cofetārie (patisserie) on Sundays and this cake was one of my favorites. I remember my grandfather and I going out, in our best outfits and going to the patisserie in the center of the town. He would…

Sanda Marin – the best Romanian cookery book

Sanda Marin was a lady with a beautiful and remarkable presence of interwar high society. An elegant figure, cultured, aristocratic and very talented in the art of gastronomy. Cecilia Simionescu – this is the true name of “sandeimarinului”. Cecilia was born in Iasi, in a family of prominent intellectuals. Her father Ion Simionescu, was a…

Găluște cu prune – plum dumplings

This recipe is made in different versions in Germany and Eastern Europe. The base is the same – a flour, potato and egg dough and can be filled with both sweet fruit or jam or meat. Different fruit can be used instead of plums like nectarines. I remember from my childhood those sweet plum dumplings…

Prajitura cu morcovi – Carrot cake

This is one of my favorite cakes. I can use my imagination and depending on the mood go to extreme and make it fun and festive. Or just use it without the frosting to keep the calories to the minimum. You can taste the carrots and if they are sweet, you can cut the amount…

Lapte de pasăre – Fluffy clouds in vanilla custard

Ingredients: 1,5 l milk 4 eggs 200 grams sugar 2 spoons of maizena (cornstarch) vanilla extract Preparation: In a pan heat up the milk and let it simmer. Pull of the heat. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat until a glossy consistency. Put the milk on the heat again,…