Each year for my husband’s birthday I try do to something extra special by making a Russian dessert. Last year I made kartoshkas (Картошка) which were a huge hit.
When we visit the Dallas area we make a stop at the Euro Delicatessen so my husband can pick up Russian treats we can’t find near us. He loves trying whatever fresh desserts they have at the time, and his latest favorite has been medovik which is a layered honey cake. Naturally, this had to be this year’s birthday cake!
After searching through a few medovik recipes this 8 layer honey cake from Natasha’s Kitchen looked like the one for me. The cake took a few hours and was a complete labor of love but oh so worth it! I’m not crazy about sour cream and Russian desserts tend to be too rich for me so I was completely shocked when I fell in love with this cake. Good thing it takes so long to make or I’d be tempted to make it much more often than we should indulge in it!
Medovik is assembled at least a day before eating because the sour cream frosting needs time to soften the honey flavored cake layers.
Such a special cake deserved to be dressed up so I made a cake bunting with my Silhouette. I used the sketch pen holder to write the letters in black sharpie over some scrapbook paper. This worked great since I was in a time crunch and didn’t want to bother with layers and glue. I strung it on some bakers twine and realized I didn’t have wooden skewers. Oops! Some digging through my kitchen drawers revealed wooden chopsticks. That’ll do! I love how a quick little touch like the bunting can add so much.
I figured it was the perfect occasion to try this slow cooker beef stroganoff recipe from Olga’s Flavor Factory. I despise handling raw meat and try to keep it to a minimum. Thank goodness for slow cooker recipes! Olga’s Flavor Factory is one of my very favorite food blogs so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with this recipe. Hubby loved the beef stroganoff! I don’t care for mushrooms, but I didn’t mind them in all the yummy sauce. We were so eager to dive in that I didn’t even get a picture of it. Take my word for it, if you’re looking for a delicious beef stroganoff recipe this is it!
Have you eaten or made Russian food before? I’m always looking for doable Russian recipes to try so if you know of any I’d love for you to share!