04 Oct Happy Birthday EC!
It is here. It is exactly one year since we had the crazy idea to eliminate our free time and start this blog. Yes, I remember very fondly the time when we were playing with templates and arguing over what are we going to publish on our blog. Our mission was and still is to introduce Central European food to the rest of the world. We try to recreate Hungarian, Slovak, and Czech recipes in an American environment (more so now that we live in California). Our mission was very successful last year, because we reached hearts, minds, and stomachs of expats, a few second-generation immigrants and people who spent some time in Central Europe and miss the awesome food. Our mission for the next year will be to introduce this food to the uninitiated: people who have never experienced Central European food. We have some strategies in mind. No, kidnapping people and force feeding them is NOT one of them. But cooking for school picnics might be.
Since we started this blog I had the chance to meet amazing people with amazing stories and recipes of their own. They should start a blog! It is not that hard to do. And in the next year, I am going to show you how. I am planning to put together a few posts on how to start a blog and how to do basic photography and maybe video. I hope I can motivate you to start your own empire.
There is one more thing I need to get off my chest. The general economical downturn has affected everyone. Therefore I am considering to put a few ads on the page. My plan was to find a sponsor and to not bother you with “random” ads, but unfortunately Central European food is a very niche market in the US and I do not think I can find an individual sponsor. I would be really happy if you would give me your input about this issue. Would ads bother you? Would it change your opinion about the blog?
So happy birthday Emperors Crumbs! How better to celebrate then with Katy’s favorite “Méteres Kalács/Meter Cake”. Celebrate with us!
This is no fancy confection you get in Hungarian sweet shops. This is home-made goodness made with lots of heart and love (and a package of pudding mix). The chocolate disks (callets) from Trader Joe’s worked perfectly for the chocolate coating.
Feeds 8 people.
- 2 cups flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup lukewarm water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbs cocoa powder
- 8 oz melting chocolate
- 1 package vanilla pudding
- 3 cups milk (to prepare pudding)
- 2 bananas
- Make the pudding according to the directions and set it aside to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F/190° C. Grease two 9×5″ (large) loaf pans.
- Combine the flour and baking powder
- Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Add sugar, oil and the lukewarm water to the egg yolks and mix well.
- Beat the egg whites and incorporate into the egg yolk mixture
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Divide the mixture into 2 equal parts.
- Add cocoa powder to the first half and vanilla extract to the second one.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pans and bake them for 30 minutes.
- Allow the cakes to cool completely, then slice them about ½-inch thick. Spread a layer of pudding generously on each slice, reserving about 1/3 of the pudding. Place a few slices of bananas on top of the pudding, then line up the cake slices, alternating chocolate and vanilla pieces so you have sort of reconstructed the cake so it’s twice as long, with banana between each slice and plenty of pudding to “glue” it all together. Don’t worry if it looks a little uneven, the next steps take care of that!
- Cover the cake with the remaining pudding. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, then coat the pudding on the cake with a layer of chocolate.
- Allow the cake to cool and set for a couple of hours.
- In order to get the two-color effect, slice the cake along the diagonal.