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The Czech Republic is famous not only for its beautiful castles and beer, but also for its desserts, which are created according to the recipes of Czech confectioners. They are true works of art, while being very high in calories and nutritious. When visiting Prague, or any other Czech city, it is worth spending time tasting sweets, local confectioners do not spare any products for this.
It should be noted that the recipe of Czech sweets is unique. Each region has its own traditions, its own unique bakeries or pastry shops, the history of which can even begin in the 18th century.
The centuries-old traditions are passed down by the real Czech dynasties of pastry chefs from father to son, without disclosing a number of secret ingredients. Often, this is the secret behind the special culture of making Czech desserts, conquered the love of gourmets around the world.
One of the famous Czech desserts is strudel – roll with a variety of fillings. This dish owes its name to the German word Strudel, which means"tornado".
In the 17th century, it was popular in Germany and Hungary. Austria and the Czech Republic. Czech cuisine has made it its national dish. Today, almost all Czech housewives sometimes prepare strudel for their family.
The classic strudel is prepared with apple filling and served with vanilla sauce. Nowadays, each restaurant has its own recipes for fillings, there are rolls with cherry, plum, strawberry filling, as well as cottage cheese and raisins.
Sprinkle the strudel on top with cinnamon with powdered sugar or almond chips. Served roll with ice cream, cream or creamy sauce. For a real strudel, they use stretched thinly rolled dough, so the roll is baked quickly and remains soft for a long time.
This dish is considered a dessert, but the Czechs love to eat hearty, therefore rolls are found filled with meat, fish, potatoes, mushrooms, cabbage and poultry.
Trdelnik has been a national dish since the early 19th century. For the preparation of aromatic tubes, yeast dough is taken and rolled in a mixture of nuts, cinnamon and sugar. They are baked over an open fire, wound on special skewers.
Most often, the straws are empty, but they can be filled with filling from whipped cream, plum, apple jam, chocolate paste, cream. The tubes can be sprinkled with small nuts, vanilla sugar or coconut.
Not a single holiday is complete without trdelnik, they are presented to children and women in labor. These tubes are associated with snakes and are the main treat on the Day of St. George the Victorious. It is believed that on this day, namely April 24, snakes leave their holes – descendants of the Serpent, who was defeated by George the Victorious. As a sign of this victory, trdelniks are baked, which are eaten by residents and guests of the Czech Republic.
An iron rod or a wooden rolling pin, on which trdelnik is prepared, is called trdelnik. This is what Czech mothers call their restless children, if they are very played. And it is translated from Czech as `` fool ''. Maybe the tubule got this name because of its cavity: it looks like a lot of dough, but in fact - – there is emptiness inside.
Since the delicacy is cooked over an open fire, you can buy it at the market, in a kiosk, shop or tent, which is equipped with a special oven or other type of open fire.
They love to eat dumplings in the Czech Republic. The likeness of dumplings `` cove '' ate back in the Middle Ages. The modern name came from Germany in the 19th century, from the German name `` knodel '' translates as dumpling. At first, only the poor ate this dish in the form of flour balls boiled in water.
The rich began to use them as a side dish for flour dishes. Then they began to be filled first with meat, and then with fruits and cottage cheese, and they became a dessert for aristocrats. There are nourishing dumplings made from potatoes or flour, which are served with meat and beer, and there are sweet dumplings that are an independent dessert.
Semolina, dough or cottage cheese with sugar, vanilla are taken for their preparation. They can be stuffed with berries, fruits and dried fruits, as well as jam and preserves. The most popular dessert is blueberry dumplings.
Gingerbread from a small town Pardubice – one of the unofficial symbols of Czech cuisine, inferior in popularity to dumplings, but many times superior in beauty.
According to legend, these gingerbread cookies in Pardubice began to be prepared in the Middle Ages, but the dessert gained worldwide fame only in the 19th century ... It was then that local pastry chefs first held a competition for the most beautiful and delicious gingerbread. The competition was attended by gourmets from all over the Czech Republic, who told other Europeans about the wonderful Pardubice gingerbread.
Each gingerbread can be called a work of art – they can be in sizes from a small gingerbread to a real cake. Gingerbread cookies are decorated with cream, powdered sugar of various colors, icing, chocolate and jam. A real gingerbread, created in accordance with the recipe, may well become a full-fledged gift for the holiday.
Today, in Pardubice and the city's environs, there are several dozen bakeries that make the very same gingerbread. A number of bakeries still use the secret recipe of the 19th century, so each type of gingerbread has its own unique taste, which is especially appreciated among Czechs.
Dumplings with plums also refers to Czech national dishes. To prepare this dish, potato dough is taken, the classic is the plum filling, but any other fruit can be used. Dumplings are made in the form of balls and boiled in salted water, and then covered with an appetizing crust of rusks with powdered sugar. Serve with custard, sour cream or creamy sauce, jam can be served instead of sauce.
Dumplings with plums
Karlovy Vary Waffles
If you want to bring ready-made sweets from the Czech Republic, which are sold in stores. One of these delicacies is, as tourists call them, Karlovy Vary waffles, named after the famous resort, although the Kolon & aacute; da factory producing them is located in another popular resort – in Marianske Lazne. Round-shaped wafers with nut or chocolate filling are produced and are a good dessert for tea and coffee.
Karlovy Vary Waffles
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