Nana's Pickled Beets has been revised and the bread machine version of the Poppy Seed Roll has been added.
Ukrainian Honey Cake (Medivnyk)
Honey cake is traditionally served at Ukrainian Christmas. Buckwheat honey gives this cake a distinct flavour. There are many honey cake recipes worth trying, but I have persevered with this one: it is tasty, light and airy. The challenge is to get it not to fall while baking.
Gedo would go into the bush and come back with bags of field mushrooms (pecherytsi). These would be dried in the oven of the old wood stove we had in the basement. In the winter, Baba would use them to make various dishes, one being pidpenky (dried mushroom) sour cream gravy. The flavour was unique. I do not have Baba’s recipe, only the memory of the taste. This recipe comes close. It was delicious served alone as a vegetable or with pedaheh or holopchi.
Served not only at Ukrainian Christmas and special occasions, but anytime there was a craving. They can be baked or fried in butter. The cheese filling can be savory or sweet.
Quite often I make the crepes only and serve them in place of pancakes for breakfast.
Patricia Caine (nee Rusnak) is originally from Thunder Bay, ON. Both her parents came to Canada from the Ukraine. She has put these recipes together as a tribute to her parents, for her family and Canada's 150th.