This month we made a dessert from Croatia! I know, I know, we’re a month late, but better late than never? We’ll just have to catch up with 2 next month! Should be fun! (And yummy!)
My teen girls weren’t here, so it was all 4 boys and the 2 little girls (soooo… that “only” makes 6!) Wow, it was exciting to be cooking with so many kids!
At first, no one wanted to be a part of it, but once we started, they were all fighting over who got to have the next turn, ha!
After scouring the internet searching for “easy Croatian dessert recipes,” I must let you know that there is no such thing. I have no choice but to conclude that Croatian people are all world class cooks and bakers, because each and every Croatian recipe I found was (to me at least) complex and at an advanced skill level, and certainly nothing I’ve ever had the opportunity to make before!–Until now, of course!
So it is with great trepidation therefore that I share with you our cooking Croatian experience! I’m not gonna lie, we did a lot of “pretty much,” and “sort of,” and “this should do” things to the recipe. BUT!!! It was mighty delish and mighty popular with the kids!
I finally settled on this Croatian dessert recipe of a Croatian Walnut Cream Cake. We followed it as best as we could, but I’m certainly not gonna vouch for the authenticity of it!!!
Oh yes, and did I mention that the measurements are all in ounces or grams? Yup. Thankfully we have a measuring quart glass with ounces, grams AND CUPS (see below), because I’m a mother first, and a mathematician 2nd (billionth.) I can’t tell you how many times this beautiful little glass measuring jug has saved my life–and my baking!
Anywho, here are the basic ingredients: (Note: We switched out the rum for rum flavoring)
I honestly don’t remember the order everything happened in, so I’m just gonna post the pictures in whatever order I feel like, and you can get the REAL recipe here (which has great instructions, by the way)
OH! Before I forget, we tried this new and improved way to separate the egg whites from the egg yolks using a soda bottle. Have you ever tried it? It’s hella fun and not at all messy!
Here’s the youtube video tutorial that got us all into it:
I think this may have been the kids’ favorite part–as well as crushing the walnuts in these tiny absolutely adorable mortar and pestle sets I bought recently for practical life. I got 2 of them, and they are so cute and the kids love crushing or mushing ANYTHING in them–nuts, raw rice, old crayons, egg shells, bananas…so much fun and great for practical life and fine motor skills!
Here are the pictures of them taking turns cracking the eggs and then separating the egg yolks from the egg whites. (Note: Make sure the eggs are fresh, otherwise the yolks might already be broken. Yep. That happened to us a few times!)
Here’s my 12 year old taking a shot at separating the egg yolk from the egg white with a soda bottle–first you squeeze the empty and clean soda bottle, then…
suck up the egg yolk into the bottleneck, leaving only the egg white in the bowl!
Lift up the bottle quickly, and…success! The egg yolk is resting safely at the bottom of the bottle!
This recipe calls for 4 egg whites AND 4 egg yolks! So all the big kids got to take turns doing this, including my 16 year old (who refused to have his paparazzi moment, ahem!)
beating the egg whites! After all the kids had a turn trying to turn the egg whites into “stiff peaks” by beating them with a whisk, my oldest son (yeah, he’s the 16 year old) took matters into his own hands, got out the electric egg beater, and after about 5 seconds, proclaimed, “DONE!”
Perfect! Put in the fridge till needed.
Time to measure and pour the sugar!
Mix, mix, mix!
Mix the dry ingredients!
There’s a little bit of a tricky process of mixing all the dry and wet ingredients together while adding water a little at a time…but nothing we couldn’t handle! 🙂 It was good teamwork and they did a good job of working together! (despite whatever may or may not have happened with the flour wars!)
Once it’s all mixed well, fold in the egg whites
The kids learned that each step, however small, was important–even spraying the pan with non-stick spray!
Time to make the cream topping! (Mommy made the cream all by herself! Shhhhhh!!!)
Note: The recipe calls for the cake to be cut in the middle and the cream to be put in the middle as a filling. We didn’t do this. We simply put the cream “filling” on top, and added the rum flavoring to the cream. This was our little “hack.”
The cake! Our beautiful Croatian walnut cake! (Just needs the cream!)
And here it is, ladies and gentlemen! Our very own, Croatian walnut cream cake! Disclaimer: Pictures may be much more delicious than they may appear! ;-p
We had a lot of fun, made a ton of mess, and thoroughly enjoyed eating this Croatian treat!
Don’t forget to check out these other fantastic posts with recipes, activities, books and more–all about Croatia for kids!
Happy virtual traveling!