Hello my dear readers, I know I am a little late, but I want to wish you all a wonderful Easter! Hope your day was filled with happiness!
I really wanted to make carrot cupcakes for Easter as I did last year, I think they might be one of my favorite recipes to date, but unfortunately we did not have any cream cheese. My mom promised that she will buy some cream cheese for when I come back to the suburbs on Thursday evening and I can make them then. I think I’ll make a variation. After all, I like experimenting. But you should absolutely try out the healthier carrot cake cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting that I made last year. They were divine!
This year, my mom did all the baking.
We usually have some store-bought cake from the Polish deli store because every year, we make our pre-Easter grocery shopping with my dad, and he’s the one that always wants to buy them (they aren’t the healthiest cakes around.. quite the opposite, but he likes them. It’s okay on occasion, I guess). But this year the grocery run was done by me and my mom only. The Polish deli was SO packed on Friday, we ended up staying there for an hour and a half! Most of which was spent waiting for our number to be called to get the deli meat: sausages, pate, turkey breast, and more. Many people were trying to trick the workers and cut in line. It was pretty chaotic. But yeah, fact of the story is: we didn’t buy any store-bought cakes this year, with an exception of poppy seed roll cake (makowiec).
But before I get into the sweet portion of the post, let me talk about our lovely breakfast! The breakfast was different than usual too, as the Polish tradition involves playing with the colored eggs by doing a “Who’s going to break the egg shell quicker” game using just eggs. It’s a fun game. If we do it next year, I’ll show you how it goes. This year my mom made deviled eggs made with mushrooms.
The reason why this year was different when it comes to eggs is:
- Our egg coloring didn’t work. Like at all. You could see a very slight hint of color on the eggs but it was really laughable, if you didn’t know we had held the eggs in the coloring for 30 or so minutes each, you would think they weren’t colored at all. I’m guessing the egg coloring goes bad after a certain number of years… we’d had this one for 3 years now or so, since there’s only 3 of us we never had to use that much of it. I guess it’s time for a new batch of egg coloring! Thoughts?
- My mom said she has been craving mushrooms all week… therefore she decided she would make deviled eggs with a mushroom stuffing. Good choice, Ma. They were amazing! Filling, flavorful, and different.
Another egg-filled thing on the table… our amazing Cooked Egg and Vegetable Salad! Yes, as I mentioned a few month ago, we always make this Polish Holiday salad for Christmas and Easter. It’s our favorite. All of the hard work is well worth it in the end. The best salad evah! 😉
Our breakfast table also included turkey breast and rabbit meat, as well as some cheese. All of which were blessed during our Easter Basket blessing on Holy Saturday (a Polish tradition).
Then we’ve got the holy bread and the forementioned poppy seed roll cake. I’m not a big fan of white bread but this particular bread is made specifically for taking to get blessed in the Easter Basket during Holy Saturday. The poppy seed roll cake is a traditional Polish cake and it always makes me think of Poland. I really like the cake simply because I really like things with poppy seeds (akhem, remember how much I raved about Lazanki last year? It’s one of my favorite dishes during Christmas after all!).
Thankfully, my mom shares my love for poppy seed baked goods (she’s actually the one that got me into it so much) and she made her own poppy seed cake! Her poppy seed cake was made with apples and it had a delicious chocolate glaze on top, made from real chocolate. Mmmmmm amazing. It’s not a very easy cake to make because it requires multiple steps but I will show you a recipe this week anyway, in case you want to take a stab at it. It’s absolutely worth it!
Another cake of the day was a Polish apple crumb cake. Well, truth is, this cake actually has a lot of names, all of which I found confusing. Remember how I posted two Szarlotka (Apple Pie) recipes? Go check out the traditional recipe and a different recipe made with honey, nuts, and raisins. These two cakes look like apple pies very clearly, right? That’s a szarlotka. Well apparently this apple cake is called Szarlotka too which didn’t make much sense to me because it’s not a pie. The traditional name is Grandma’s Szarlotka or Sunday Szarlotka. I didn’t want to confuse you (or myself) so I named it Apple Crumb Cake with makes more sense.
I think I liked this cake the most out of the three we ate today. And I actually think I like this Apple Crumb Cake better than the Szarlotka recipes I posted previously. But then again, I like cake better than pie, in general, so that may be the reason. Mmmm. I’ll be posting a recipe soon as well, but be warned, it might be a bit annoying to make too because it requires some Polish ingredients. I did my best to come up with substitutes. I’m sure I will make up my own version of this cake too that’s healthier and uses normal American ingredients. One day, eventually.
That’s my day of food! It was a lovely day with a GORGEOUS weather all weekend! Spring is finally here and I hope it’s here to stay! 🙂
What baked goods/sweets did you eat on Easter?
Do you like deviled eggs? What do you like yours with?
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