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Top 10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes

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Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering "cake and coffee" to any guest who visits, expected or unexpected. That means some type of dessert has to be on hand in the pantry at all times. Those that are moist and have a long shelf life like Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Nut Roll, Strudel, Bread Pudding and those that can be pulled together quickly are the darlings of the Eastern European cook. Here are 10 to try.

1. Polish Royal Mazurek Recipe

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A Mazurek is a flaky, flat Polish pastry traditionally served at Easter time. But its buttery crust has made it mandatory at any special occasion year-round. This mazurek is "royal" because the dollops of preserves in the latticework resemble the jewels in a crown. Read more about Polish mazurek.

2. Hungarian Dobosh Torte Recipe

Hungarian Dobosh Torte
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This seven-layer Hungarian cake sports a caramel top.

3. Serbian Nut Roll Recipe - Orehnjaca

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This is one of the moistest nut rolls I've had the pleasure to taste. The recipe comes to me by way of Sophia Saliwonczyk.

4. Polish Kolaczki Recipe

Polish Kolaczki
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Polish kolaczki are flaky filled cookies that can be made in diamond shapes, rounds or with all four corners folded in toward the center.

5. Polish Cheesecake Recipe - Sernik

Polish Cheesecake - Sernik
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Polish cheesecake - sernik - is a rich, delicious dessert not at all like the American cream cheese cakes most people are used to.

6. Polish Angel Wings Recipe - Chrusciki

Polish Chrusciki
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Polish crullers - chrusciki - are more familiarly known as angel wings. They are a flaky and light fried pastry dusted with confectioners' sugar.

7. Croatian Povitica / Slovenian Potica Recipe

Croatian / Slovenian Nut Roll
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Croatian povitica - also known as Slovenian potica - is a sweet yeast bread roll with a moist walnut filling.

8. Croatian Chocolate Bajadera Torte Recipe

Croatian Chocolate Bajadera Torte
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This rich Croatian dessert has seven layers of wafer and chocolate-nut filling. You'll need a strong cup of Croatian Turkish-style coffee with this one!

9. Hungarian Cream Puffs Recipe - Indianer

Hungarian Indianer - Cream Puffs
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Indianer - Hungarian cream puffs - are like French profiteroles.

10. Czech Bubble Cake Recipe - Bublanina

Czechoslovakian Bublanina
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Bublanina, a Czechoslovakian dessert, is made with whatever fruit is most plentiful at the time.
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