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Polish cakes that hit the spot - Miodownik


Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #1
I'm just munching on something called Miodownik in Polish. It's absolutely delicious. Poland is awash with superb cakes and sponges.

Anybody care to share their favourites?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
30 Nov 2008 /  #2
There are those on the forum who no the importance of doughnuts in my life.

But I do fancy Szarlotka now and again.

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the cake that is :)
pawian 182 | 16,861  
30 Nov 2008 /  #3
I am fond of cheese so cheesecake is my favourite. But it must be heavy and wet, not like these artificial-additives swollen cakes today.
szarlotka 8 | 2,208  
30 Nov 2008 /  #4
But I do fancy Szarlotka now and again.

the cake that is :)

Yes the cake is scrumptious. I have been known to eat whole ones at one sitting. I too am scrumptious but am relieved to hear you only have eyes for the cake :)
OP Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #5
Cheesecake is very good indeed. It's a favourite of us Scots too. Polish doughnuts are in a league of their own
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
30 Nov 2008 /  #6
i love makowiec and szarlotka, all my mom's cakes are delicious :)~~
OP Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #7
Mak is pretty decent. I prefer moister cakes but it's ok.

Anything home-made in Poland is likely to be good. Our cultures are very similar in this respect.
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
30 Nov 2008 /  #8
sernik, makowiec and jabłecznik
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
30 Nov 2008 /  #9
Oh dear !

We have a disagreement. I don't like the almond, marzipan taste that accompanies mak type cakes.

For UK folk: Do you like Tort (from places like Filipinka). Served at birthday parties etc. I find it usually has too much cream or is too sweet.

I still eat it of course.
OP Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #10
Do I like Tort? No, I'm from Scotland so I prefer Delict, boom boom ;0

Now that was lame.

You can never have too much cream.

There's another one which I can't remember. Very creamy, Rokoko or sth weird like that. It's in the delicatessen out front. Very cappucino like. It had raisins in it but that didn't hinder the enjoyment of it
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
30 Nov 2008 /  #11
i luuv marzipan, and i could kill for a piece of tort right now...
OP Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #12
Plenty of marzipan in Scotland :)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
30 Nov 2008 /  #13
JustysiaS,

Have you noticed a big difference between Uk and Poland cakes/confectionary.

I don't want to start a forum war, but who does it better in your opinion ?

The Poles would have to go some to beat a custard slice from Hills the Bakers.
szarlotka 8 | 2,208  
30 Nov 2008 /  #14
I have a theory that the scrummiest and nicest cakes come from some of the most boring places in the world. I mean, Vienna. I rest my case.

All this talk of cake reminds me I have a freshly baked walnut cake to look forward to later.
OP Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #15
Perhaps the Poles have the edge like in soups. However, I don't think it's accurate to talk of UK confectionary. The stuff we have in Scotland is not the same as in the rest of the UK. This isn't fish and chips we are talking about ;)

We have much of the same stuff as here. Sorry, I'm not JustysiaS I know
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
30 Nov 2008 /  #16
i will always be a big fan of Polish cakes as they simply are the sh*t lol, they are rich, tasty and usually full of natural ingredients. loads of calories but heck, they are cakes right. i find British cakes are often too sweet, taste artificial and always lack that special something i am so used to. Polish cakes all the way!
OP Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #17
I agree. Some of the cream in Scotland is very synthetic. When I want whipped cream on my strawberry tart, I want it to be good.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
30 Nov 2008 /  #18
exactly, every time my mom makes a cake or we go to a cafe in Poland it's always like WOW this is gorgeous, it tastes just as good as it looks. over here, the cakes are not so special, i dont know how they do it but the same sort of cakes in UK and Poland just taste so different and Polish ones are better! i must admit i love carrot cake and walnut cake and these are not very popular in PL, but still, nothing beats the Polish flavour.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
30 Nov 2008 /  #19
One thing I like about Poland is the amount of individual bakers/confectioners.

Not a huge number these days, but enough to realize that one shop is better than another.

The nearest shop won't do when I need something special.
OP Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #20
As you said, (the) cakes here have a fuller flavour. There are some in Scotland that match that but they have to be fresh.
szarlotka 8 | 2,208  
30 Nov 2008 /  #21
i find British cakes are often too sweet, taste artificial and always lack that special something i am so used to.

True of the shop bought stuff. I miss by Dad's cakes. He went from being an RAF pilot back to being a patisseur working for the cruise lines. His cakes were like nothing I have ever tasted before or since.
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
30 Nov 2008 /  #22
His cakes were like nothing I have ever tasted before or since.

Is that good or bad? ;)
szarlotka 8 | 2,208  
30 Nov 2008 /  #23
Both. The cakes were very, very good... but it's bad that there can be no more of them.
Shawn_H  
30 Nov 2008 /  #24
but it's bad that there can be no more of them.

Sad.

Did you get his recipe book? or was it all committed to memory?
szarlotka 8 | 2,208  
30 Nov 2008 /  #25
It was all in his head, The only thing I have in writing from him is his war diaries which I got only after my mum passed away shortly after him.
Shawn_H  
30 Nov 2008 /  #26
Sad, but there are always the memories.
Wroclaw Boy  
30 Nov 2008 /  #27
There are those on the forum who no the importance of doughnuts in my life.

But there are doughnuts and there are doughnuts, ive had some of the best doughnuts of my entire life in Wroclaw. I also had a crack at making some recently.
Shawn_H  
30 Nov 2008 /  #28
ive had some of the best doughnuts of my entire life in Wroclaw

Typical pączki or other types as well?

also had a crack at making some recently.

And, would you do them again?
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
30 Nov 2008 /  #29
Both. The cakes were very, very good... but it's bad that there can be no more of them.

Szarlotka, I didn't consider everything I should have before posting my comment. I apologize.
OP Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Nov 2008 /  #30
Admin is obviously a fan of Miodownik then. OK, who likes Miodownik? To me, it is a Godsend. Not too moist, not too creamy, everything in proportion.

It just has this sumptuous taste. I still have a piece but I'm holding off of it.

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