Parene Buchty (A Recipe From Slovakia)
Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://www.russianseason.net/index.php/2009/08/parene-buchty-a-recipe-from-slovakia/
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Alina Petropavlovska
This dish which I first tried in the beautiful Slovakia. It is called Parene Buchty (pronounced bookhti). These are a sort of large steam-cooked dumplings with a filling inside, which makes it quite a heavy food, but we tried to adapt the original recipe by taking fine flour instead of coarse flour and making the dumplings smaller in size (I think ours were about twice as small).
I also spent some time at the supermarket choosing the right prune jam for the filling, as I needed a very thick, yet not gelatinous jam. If it is jelly-like, it will melt too soon and may start leaking, you know. Finally I discovered a jam I had never tried before, which turned out to be pretty good. And it never bubbled or leaked.
There are many traditional ways to serve Parene Buchty. For example, when I was in Slovakia, we served them with chocolate pudding sauce. You might as well serve them with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and caster sugar; or make a poppyseed sauce. Our choice was plain chocolate dressing, as we figured this type of dessert required a simple garnish.
So, if you want a substantial, folksy Eastern European dessert, here is the Parene Buchty recipe.