I haven’t really been doing any spectacular baking lately, though I’ve made some blueberry coffee cakes and a strawberry trifle. I did make a delicious white sangria which I’ll be making plenty more of this summer. I mixed 1/4 c sugar and 1/4 c grand marnier, stirring to dissolve. Dumped in a bunch of fruit (peaches, apricot, pineapple, a couple strawberries) and a bottle of nice pinot grigio and chilled it. Right before serving I stirred in 1 1/2 c fresh cold seltzer. Wow, was that delicious.
Actually, I see that I never even wrote about my Easter baking! This year I decided to try my hand at a traditional Polish poppy seed cake. I got my recipe from here:
And here is my finished product, inside and out:
I thought my bread was pretty tasty, although the filling was a little crunchy. I did make the poppy filling myself and soaked and cooked it as long as it said to, but the seeds weren’t as soft as I would have liked them for a filling. It was an easy yeast dough to make and work with and we all liked it. It was pretty dry, though, after the first day (nothing some butter couldn’t help, though.) On my side of the family we don’t really have any cultural traditions and although Paul didn’t grow up with Polish traditions, I figure since his father’s family was from there we may as well embrace some of them!