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Mazurek – Polish Easter Cake

27 Apr

For those of you that celebrated Easter this past weekend I hope it was fabulous for you! It certainly was for me! It was nice to see family, eat some fabulous food, play some wiffleball (even hubby’s grandmother has a few swings!) and go on an Easter Egg Hunt! We managed to lose one of the eggs. It’s a good thing we used plastic eggs otherwise the back yard would start to smell!

It’s not too late to post about Easter food, right? I mean, even though this cake is traditionally served for Easter, it’s a cake that can and should be enjoyed year round. I had a lot of fun making this cake, and you can definitely make it your own by changing up the design.

I was originally going to write Happy Easter in Polish (which is Wesołych Świąt in case you were wondering) but I was literally baking and/or cooking for 6 hours straight on Friday night and about 2-3 hours Saturday morning that I was too lazy to write it out. But I like the simple design on this, and there were a lot of compliments.

The reason I picked out this cake was not only because it is traditionally served on Easter, but also because since my husband’s family is Polish, I pretty much HAD to make this cake. And they loved it!

Aren't they (we?) a nice looking family

Mazurek

From A World of Cake

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 9 egg whites
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. The original recipe calls for a 10″ square or round baking pan. I used a 9″ round and it came out fine, I just let it bake for a few extra minutes. Butter and flour your pan and set aside.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add ground almonds, vanilla and orange. Gently stir in the flour until combined. Pour into another bowl and set aside.
Make sure you wash and dry your stand mixer thoroughly before doing the egg whites. With the whisk attachment, add the eggs and beat on medium speed until frothy. Then bump it up to the highest setting and whisk until stiff peaks form.
Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until just combined. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, until lightly browned. If you press your finger in the middle, it should bounce back.
Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
Chocolate Ganache
  • 2.5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Using a double boiler, or a small sauce pan with a stainless steel bowl on top, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the chocolate chips and honey and stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Remove from heat and stir the vanilla.
At this point I let the ganache cool slightly and then using a spoon I spooned the ganache onto the cooled cake and spread evenly.
At this point, the rest is up to you! You can decorate however you want. I used pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds and candied orange peel. But feel free to use cookies, icing, different nuts, dried fruit, whatever you can think of! You are only limited by your imagination! My only advice is that if you are planning on using icing, make sure the ganache has cooled overnight before piping.
Don’t forget! Bloggers Bake for Hope Virtual Bake Sale is May 2-4. I’m making a Cream Cheese Coffee Cake from America’s Test Kitchen and there are TONS of other delicious offerings! Don’t forget to check it out!!!!
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Restaurant Review: Cafe Polonia

9 Dec

It was my Mother-in-law’s birthday this past weekend and she asked, no, DEMANDED that we go to Cafe Polonia. Located in Andrew Square in South Boston, Cafe Polonia opened up in 2003 and is touted as the ONLY Polish restaurant in Boston. Being married to a Polish boy, this is quite a sad thing for him. We had been to Cafe Polonia before and were very happy to come back.

Cafe Polonia is VERY small. It reminds me of the original Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain because it pretty much has the same amount of tables. Reservations are a MUST, especially if you have a big group. We had reservations for 2PM on a Sunday and there were a few occupied tables.

I ordered their coffee ($3) which was strong and very tasty. Hubby ordered the Okocim beer upon the recommendation of the server. I managed to steel a sip and I enjoyed it. A slightly darker lager, hubby said it reminded him of a good Munich style lager.

 

For an appetizer we ordered the Kishka (Blood Sausage, $8) and the Keilbasa Twists ($8). Teri, my mother in law, was terrified of trying the Blood Sausage, but hubby and I gladly ate the rest.

They serve their blood sausage ground up, not in the casing, unlike most English/Irish places. I can only describe their blood sausage as very meaty with subtle spices and carmelized onions on top. The gherkins served with the sausage had a nice punch and crisp to it. And in case you were wondering just how Polish my husband is, we played Who Stole the Kishka at our wedding.

I really enjoyed their kielbasa twists. They were extremely crispy and served with a good mustard. Those were eaten up pretty fast. Definitely a must at any Polish restaurant.

My mother-in-law ordered the Borsch (Beet soup, $6) and hidden in the depths of the very purple broth were delicious mushroom and meat ravioli. The broth was very flavorful, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing white, since even the smallest drop will get on your clothes.

She also ordered the Stuffed Cabbage ($12), which were stuffed to the brim with rice, pork, and other assorted spices, served with a mild tomato sauce. The tomato sauce didnt’ impress me, but the cabbage was very good, although I was surprised the dish wasn’t warmer.

Three of us ordered one of the specials of the day, which was a big Potato Pancake stuffed with ham, bacon, and topped with sour cream and a sunny side up egg ($16). You can tell from the picture that there was no lack of crispiness. The outside was perfectly crispy, and the inside was like an explosion in my mouth. The 2 different kinds of pork plus the egg and sour cream was just amazing. And I didn’t feel like I was going to explode after this meal.

Mr. Kitchen Misfit ordered the Potato Dumplings with Goulash ($14) and it was served with a pickle salad and a pickled beet salad. The meat was tender, the dumplings were very good, and I liked the pickle salad as a nice contrast to the rest of the meal.

And of course, we couldn’t leave without sampling the dessert. My mother in law ordered the chocolate babka ($7) which wasn’t what I was expecting. I was hoping for a traditional babka cake, and this was more like a regular chocolate cake with ganache in the center. Don’t get me wrong, it was very good, moist and spongy and the ice cream was very good, but I expected a traditional babka.

By the end of the meal we were happy and pleasantly full. If you like Eastern European cuisine, you must put Cafe Polonia on your list of must places to eat! Cafe Polonia has also opened a new location in Salem, MA. Now if Boston would just get more Polish restaurants!

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