Polish people the world over love their sweet endings, and desserts are a significant part of traditional Polish cuisine. As simple and inviting as a warm chestnut cookie, or as elegant and regal as a tall mocha torte, classic Polish dishes are rich in heritage and in flavor. This collection is dedicated to the legacy of desserts that those of Polish descent may remember from childhood and to the preservation of the heritage of classic recipes.
Close your eyes and let your mind explore the aromas of decadent chocolate, rich vanilla, bright lemon zest, fresh yeast of dough rising in the oven, or the blend of ginger, honey, and raspberry in one delectable bite. Let your taste buds imagine the comfort of a warm donut filled with sweet jam; the fluffy, light sweetness of a crème cake favored by Pope John Paul II; or the delicacy of a sweet cheese-filled crêpe topped with fresh berries. Those are the flavors that millions of Poles around the globe grew up with. Those are the flavors that this book preserves for our sensory pleasure, for the delight of our parents, and for the amazement of our children.
Each dessert in this book has been chosen for its flavors, for its traditions, and for its ability to be successfully prepared. With great care taken to preserve their traditional roots, each dish has been updated for the modern kitchen and tested until perfected.