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A Little Indulgence…Czech’s Rich Traditional Desserts

A Sweet Dumpling Desert

There was a little niggling fear in my heart when we arrived in the Czech Republic; I worried that I was going to encounter some of the same vegetarian food-related issues that cropped up in Bosnia – but fear not because I found fantastic DESSERTS!

Visiting Prague is not an issue for a vegetarian because it’ a big city and there are several tasty places…plus you can nearly always be sure of finding some sort of ethnic restaurant in the larger cities (Chinese, Indian, Thai). The move down to Český Krumlov though was a whole other matter. Just like so much of this region, the dish of choice in Czech is meat.

The local specialties? Meat. And what about those lovely pastries in the windows? Also meat.

So what’s a hungry girl to do?

Well, there are a few Czech specialties that don’t involve meat…sadly they’re both desserts…what a shame right? I was really sad to have to sample these treats every day.

Traditional Czech Desserts

Sweet Fruit Dumplings

Dumplings are a specialty of this whole region, not just Czech; Slovenia offered up specialty dumplings as well but I FAR prefer the Czech ones.

Delicious Czech Dumpling

My nightly plate full of Ovocné Knedlíky, often eaten as a meal, but a dessert for this wanderer

The dessert dumplings come in a variety of sizes from tennis ball sized mounds of warm jam-stuffed deliciousness to smaller cumquat sized balls with gushy blueberry filling oozing out. They use a potato or curd that cooks up doughy and soft and the most traditional fillings are plum and peach.

The best part? They are traditionally topped off with a generous dollop of melted butter over the top, heaps of whipped cream, and then sprinkled with crumbly cheese and/or sugar.

I can’t claim that they are even remotely healthy. Not a chance. But man, they are a piece of warm and pleasantly sweet heaven right in your mouth.

In addition to the dessert dumpling the actually sliced wheat and potato dumplings are quite traditional and worth a try…probably only once in my opinion, but they aren’t objectionable in any way, just a bit bland. They eat these though as a side with their meaty-tastic dishes that I avoided like the plague :-)

Trdelník

Trdlenik Cinnamon Dessert

A Delicious Trdlenik Cinnamon Dessert

This tasty little dessert is a tradition born right in the Czech and Slovakia region and the two Trdelník stands in Český Krumlov hark back to different time altogether as you pass the delicious smelling wooden street-side window stands.

Trdelniks for Sale

Friendly Street-Side Trdelníks

The sales window of the shops look directly onto the street so that you can get your Trdelník fix in only the time it takes you to dig out 20 crown from your pocket (about a dollar).

These are made from rolled dough and then grilled on a stick and coated with both sugar and one of the small selection of toppings – most popular, and the only one they had most days, was the cinnamon. I was ok with that though because I have a love affair with cinnamon…if you don’t though the selection early in the day is far better.

The desserts are hollow and you can wear them like a bracelet as you eat them – just like the day from childhood of gnawing on candy necklaces. It’s not the classiest way to eat a Trdelník but I think it made it a bit more fun and interesting!

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Czech cuisine may not be particularly ideal for my dietary choices but at the end of the day you can be sure that I was more than willing to fill up any empty space in my belly with the tasty traditional Czech desserts. Add to that the wonderful Laibon vegetarian restaurant, set right on the side of the Vltava river, and, well Cesky Krumlov was a memorable stop on my round the world trip!

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  • http://www.theplanetd.com Dave and Deb

    OK, that food looks amazing! So rich and creamy. Yum

  • http://foxnomad.com Anil

    The deserts look great – a good way to keep the hunger away!

  • http://www.alittleadrift.com Shannon

    I think it’s the butter that does it for me! It’s so apologetically unhealthy…I was like, what the heck, you only live once right :-)

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ BakingByNumbers

    What about any Honey Cake? I hear that is good stuff. Where did you wind up eating in Prague?

  • ShannonOD

    Oh, man, how did I miss those!? That will give me something to seek out when I go back. In Prague I ended up locating a couple of vegetarian restaurants online and just ate there, besides the dinner dumplings, I didn't branch much into Czech cuisine – too meaty! :-)

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ BakingByNumbers

    What about any Honey Cake? I hear that is good stuff. Where did you wind up eating in Prague?

    • ShannonOD

      Oh, man, how did I miss those!? That will give me something to seek out when I go back. In Prague I ended up locating a couple of vegetarian restaurants online and just ate there, besides the dinner dumplings, I didn't branch much into Czech cuisine – too meaty! :-)

      • http://www.yahoo.com/ BakingByNumbers

        Lehka Hlava was that one of the places? Yes from my readings before I venture there myself it seems very meat and potatoes type of place. I'm just worried more some of the reports I've read about the service and servers.

        • ShannonOD

          I think it might be! Not entirely sure though, I didn't write down any names unfortunately for while I was visiting Prague. Laibon in Cesky Krumlov was amazing through and through though… As for food, the culture in that part of the world is just incredibly meat-oriented, I was really surprised. I don't think that you have to be too worried about service – I mean, it's definitely not the same as the US at all, but no where in Europe is, the serving culture is different. They're normally not quite as fast, but they always come at some point! :-)

          • http://www.yahoo.com/ BakingByNumbers

            I wasn't so much thinking about slow/fast as compared to attitude and padding bills ;-)

          • ShannonOD

            Ah hah!! Ok, we're on the same page now! Attitude is definitely an issue, it's just not the same as service in the States. But padding the bills was never much of a problem :-)

          • http://www.yahoo.com/ BakingByNumbers

            How did you handle it? The service or any rough encounters.. Safe journeys.

          • ShannonOD

            Well, you don't have to tip much in most cases, so I contented myself with that! It's really not all that bad, I promise :-) Safe travels to you as well when you make it over!

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ BakingByNumbers

    Lehka Hlava was that one of the places? Yes from my readings before I venture there myself it seems very meat and potatoes type of place. I'm just worried more some of the reports I've read about the service and servers.

  • ShannonOD

    I think it might be! Not entirely sure though, I didn't write down any names unfortunately for while I was visiting Prague. Laibon in Cesky Krumlov was amazing through and through though… As for food, the culture in that part of the world is just incredibly meat-oriented, I was really surprised. I don't think that you have to be too worried about service – I mean, it's definitely not the same as the US at all, but no where in Europe is, the serving culture is different. They're normally not quite as fast, but they always come at some point! :-)

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ BakingByNumbers

    I wasn't so much thinking about slow/fast as compared to attitude and padding bills ;-)

  • ShannonOD

    Ah hah!! Ok, we're on the same page now! Attitude is definitely an issue, it's just not the same as service in the States. But padding the bills was never much of a problem :-)

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ BakingByNumbers

    How did you handle it? The service or any rough encounters.. Safe journeys.

  • ShannonOD

    Well, you don't have to tip much in most cases, so I contented myself with that! It's really not all that bad, I promise :-) Safe travels to you as well when you make it over!

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