Turkey: Pistachio Baklava

Next: Turkey! So many months ago, when I was planning this baking expedition through Europe, when I came to Turkey to decide what I should make for this country, I immediately thought “Baklava.” I just sort of assumed baklava was a Turkish thing. I knew baklava was common in many of these kind of south-eastern…

Bulgaria: Banitsa

Now we arrive in Bulgaria! So as per tradition with these eastern European countries, I don’t know much about them, other than the safe assumption that they’re beautiful, and yet again, I’m right: AAaaaaahhhh! But hey, I do know ONE thing about Bulgaria. I know they had a very good quidditch team in 1994! They…

Greece: Tsoureki

Greece! Yet another country on my list of places to go! I had a friend visit Greece once and looking at her beautiful pictures, the entire place looks like it came off a post card. Reminds me of Italy. Where everywhere looked like pictures and films and it was unreal. Greece seems similar. I mean…

Macedonia: Vanilici

And now we come to Macedonia!…finally! I apologize if anyone has been anxiously awaiting my next post! I’ve taken a little over a month off from this baking adventure due to some life happenings that needed attention, a job change, and some other projects that I focused on for a bit! And all that mixed…

Albania: Byrek me Spinaq

Next up: Albania! I did a little Google image search on Albania to give myself a bit of a visual of what this country looks like, and the first picture that caught my eye was this: …..WHAT?!?! THIS IS A REAL PLACE?!?! I used to spend a lot of time on deviantArt, and followed some…

Kosovo: Flija

Well this is a very interesting dish, I must say. Interesting like the country itself! I read a little about Kosovo’s history, to give myself a little context, and wow does this particular piece of land have a past! I feel like I should have known more about the history of this particular area of…

Montenegro: Krempita

Ok first off, can we just take a second and appreciate how beautiful this place is?? Where I come from, there are no big mountain ranges within like 500 miles of me, so I freak out at places with mountains that are easy to come by. These pictures remind me of the Swiss Alps, which…

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Pita/Burek

This week’s baked good comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina! I’ll be honest here, I thought the whole country was just “Bosnia.” I didn’t know Herzegovina was officially part of the title. For anyone else who maybe didn’t know that either, “Bosnia” seems to just be the general term for the place, but there is a…

Serbia: Torta Cokolada

Next up: Serbia! This cake might be a contender for my favorite thing I’ve made so far on this baking adventure. Right up there with the Prinsesstarta from Sweden. I mean, it’s chocolate cake. How can you go wrong?? 😉 It was also deemed one of the favorites by my friends at the weekly potluck…

Romania: Pască

Next is Romania! I’ve recently taken a low key interest in Romania, for some reason. I find the place kind of fascinating, and I’ve considered starting to learn the language (haven’t yet). No apparent reason, other than I like learning stuff and Romanian is a beautiful sounding language! Years ago, when I was in high…

Moldova: Brânzoaice

And we’re back after the holidays! Happy holidays!!! And by “after the holidays” I mean, I baked this before the holidays, but then the holidays happened and I’m just now getting around to blogging about it! So hopefully I can remember back to when I baked this! (I’m one of those people who puts the…

Ukraine: Honey Cake

Aaand our next stop is Ukraine! For this country’s baked good, I went to a friend and former coworker of mine, Anna, who is Ukrainian born, but now living here in Chicago. She directed me to her own fantastic cooking blog Blondie’s Cakes & Things, where she has a recipe for a Ukrainian honey cake….