Name: Ciasteczka orkiszowe
Pronunciation: ʨ̑aˈstɛʧ̑ka ɔrciˈʃɔvɛ
Translation: spelt cookies/biscuits
Energy: approx. 55 kcal per cookie
Ingredients: spelt flour, butter, eggs, almonds, dark chocolate, raisins, sugar, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla.
Ciasteczka orkiszowe have very recently started to gain in popularity, especially in eastern Poland (the Lublin region). They have nutty flavour (thanks to spelt and almonds) and smell of the spices. They’re said to have calming properties.
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.
Translation: poppyseed cake
Energy: approx. 190 kcal per serving
Ingredients: Poppyseed filling: poppyseed 40%, honey, eggs, butter, walnuts, raisins, candied orange rind (orange rind, sugar), almonds, dates, sunflower oil, sugar.
Bottom sponge cake: eggs, sugar, wheat flour, potato starch.
Chocolate frosting: sugar, fat-reduced cocoa powder, butter, cream.
Makowiec is probably, along with sernik (cheesecake), the most popular Polish cakes. Traditionally, it’s prepared for Christmas, but since every occasion is perfect to eat some makowiec, people tend to bake it for Easter as well. The poppy filling usually contains, apart from poppyseeds, honey and dried fruit with various nuts. It can be baked with or without a bottom layer (sponge pastry, shortcrust pastry and the like), or as a yeast cake roll.
Name: Babka drożdżowa
Pronunciation: ˈbapka drɔˈʒʤ̑ɔva
Energy: approx. 200 kcal per serving
Ingredients: Pastry: wheat flour, milk, sugar, butter, raisins, egg, egg yolk, orange rind, yeast.
Icing: sugar, lemon juice, fat-reduced cocoa powder.
Babka drożdżowa is simple yeast cake with dried fruit in a form of a mound. It’s usually garnished with icing and is indispensable on an Easter table.
Energy: approx. 130 kcal per serving
Ingredients (the one with kajmak): Shortcrust pastry: wheat flour, butter, egg, potato starch, sugar.
Jam: black currants, sugar.
Kajmak: milk, sugar.
Ingredients (the one with marzipan): Shortcrust pastry: wheat flour, butter, egg yolk, sugar.
Marzipan: almonds 50%, sugar, alcohol.
Chocolate frosting: cream, cocoa, sugar, butter.
Mazurek is a typically Easter cake. The name may apply to any kind of pastry (most frequently shortcrust, but also sponge, puff, wafers, etc.) that is garnished in a very elaborate way, e.g. with various creams, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate. Above you can see a mazurek with kajmak (Polish name for dulce de leche) and black currant jam, and another one with marzipan and chocolate. Other variations include icing, apricot, poppy or date mass, lemon cream, or rose jam.
Producer: Wawel Kraków
Weight: 20 g/0.68 oz
Price: 30 PLN/$ 9.50/€ 7.30/£ 6.10 per 1 kg/35 oz
Energy: 95 kcal
Ingredients: chocolate 50% (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, vegetable fat, emulsifiers: soya lecithin and E476, flavours), sugar, raisins 7.3%, hydrogenated vegetable fat, glucose syrup, cream, condensed milk (milk, sugar), spirit, citric acid (acidity regulator), flavours. Chocolate: cocoa solids min. 43%.
Malaga is a dark chocolate praline with alcohol-flavoured cream-and-raisin liquid filling. It has a distinctive shape of a plump crescent, wrapped in a silver foil with green and purple dots. It’s the eldest brother of a classic Wawel trio (also comprising Tiki Taki and Kasztanki – which the next two entries will be devoted to), having been produced in Kraków since the late 1960s.