A piece of cake
Welcome to the ABC of Czech where this season we are discussing vocabulary related to Czech food and cuisine. Today we take a look at Czech cakes and pastries - koláèe a sladké peèivo (or sweet baked goods).
Let's start with perhaps the best-known Czech pastry - buchta - and in the plural - buchty. They are yeast buns filled with fruit, plum jam, sweet cheese or ground poppy seeds, and baked in an oven. They can be up to the size of a fist and are usually square - they acquire that shape from sitting right next to each other in a baking tray.
Another favourite traditional Czech cake is koláè or koláèe in the plural. The name comes from the word kolo - meaning circle or wheel. So it's clear that koláèe are round in shape. You cut out a circular shape from yeast dough and place a bit of jam, sweet cheese, ground poppy seeds or virtually any fruit on top of it and bake.
And that's all we can fit in today but we'll be back next week. Till then dobrou chu» - bon appetit!