Name: Pieróg gryczany
Translation: buckwheat pie
Energy: approx. 200 kcal per slice
Ingredients: buckwheat groats, wheat flour, cottage cheese (quark), sour cream, eggs, butter, pork fat, yeast, sugar, pepper, salt, mint.
Pieróg gryczany (aka piróg) is a very popular regional snack in the Lublin area. It’s a savoury yeast shortcrust cake with buckwheat and cottage cheese filling, seasoned with mint. It might be topped with crumble, contain potatoes in the filling (pieróg biłgorajski – pie from Biłgoraj) or be baked without pastry whatsoever.
Energy: approx. 120 kcal per serving
Ingredients: cottage cheese, eggs, sugar, wheat flour, raisins, lemon rind, vanilla.
Sernik is a typical Polish dessert prepared on various occasions (Christmas, Easter, birthdays, name days) or without any particular occasion. It consists of a baked or cooked cottage (or curd, quark) cheese mass and dried fruit and/or nuts. Very popular variations include toppings such as peaches, cherries, blueberries, chocolate or jelly. It might have a bottom layer (sponge, shortcrust or biscuit). The so-called Cracow-style cheesecake (Polish: sernik krakowski) comprises a shortcrust bottom, cheese mass and a checked shorcrust top.
Name: Rolada drożdżowa
Pronunciation: rɔˈlada drɔˈʒʤ̑ɔva
Translation: yeast roll
Energy: approx. 120 kcal per slice
Ingredients: Pastry: wheat flour, milk, eggs, sugar, butter, yeast.
Filling: walnuts, hazelnuts, raisins, apricots, eggs, honey.
Rolada drożdżowa is a yeast roll with various fillings: most frequently poppyseed (just like makowiec), curd cheese, apples, or, just like the one above, nuts. It’s perfect for a Saturday tea, or as a snack with a glass of milk.
Energy: approx. 50 kcal per slice
Ingredients: wheat flour, milk, water, eggs, sugar, butter, yeast.
Crumble: wheat flour, butter, sugar.
Chałka is a traditional Jewish sweet yeast bread (served on Sabbath), which also became popular among Christians in Poland before WWII. It’s unique thanks to its braided shape. Poles eat it as a snack between meals or for breakfast/second breakfast, very frequently accompanied by a glass of milk.
Name: Naleśniki z serem
Pronunciation: naˈlɛɕɲiki s ‘sɛrɛm
Translation: crêpes with cheese
Energy: approx. 100 kcal per crêpe
Ingredients: Batter: wheat flour, milk, water, eggs, rapeseed oil, salt.
Filling: curd cheese, cream, sugar, vanilla, cardamom.
Naleśniki z serem are thin crêpes with sweet curd cheese filling. They are usually served as a main course for dinner or as a dessert. Among a number of various fillings, curd cheese is one of the most popular (alongside jam).
Energy: approx. 190 kcal per serving
Ingredients: curd cheese, eggs, butter, sugar, raisins, apricots, dates, orange rind, vanilla.
Pascha is a typically Easter cold dessert that originated in the East (Polish Borderlands, Ukraine or Russia). It consists of curd cheese mixed with eggs, butter and dried fruit. It symbolises Christ (its grave-like shape), spring (milk and eggs) and wealth (dried fruit).