Cooking in Prague!



My husband and I planned a trip to Eastern Europe. So I decided to take a class in the Czech Republic in the beautiful city of  Prague.I found Chef Bara  on the Travelove  website. Joining us were our 2 nieces (Julia and  Melissa from France).

Nieces from FranceShe met us all at her apartment off a lovely square in Old Town Prague. We walked to the Butcher shop (Nase Maso) and along the way stopped at a very lovely Gingerbread store with all kinds of fabulous treats. The butcher shop is famous in all of Prague as having the best quality meats. I actually tried several of the meats in a Food Tour given by Taste of Prague (which I highly recommend)

Butcher Shop

Once we collected all our ingredients it was off to Chef Bara’s to learn to cook Czech cuisine. She has a lovely apartment on the second story no elevators so be prepared to climb a few flights of stairs. Once inside, we started to prepare the Goulash, which was her mother’s recipe. Then we learned to de-bone a duck thigh and leg, stuff it with sautéed mushrooms, pork sausage and the chopped up meat of the duck. We also learned how to make potatoes pancakes with zucchini and Kolache cookies with cream filling.

Potato Pancakes

Chef Bara also prepared for us a spread of breads and mustards to try several types of cold cooked meats ( smoked tongue, meatloaf, sausages, and salami’s) for traditional Czech sandwich’s (you can try a new modern take of this at Sister Bistro located across from the Butcher Shop both located on Dlouha 39 Street)

Meat for sandwichs


Here is her recipe for Kolache Cookies

6 ounces cream cheese
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
1. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add flour slowly until well blended. Shape into a ball and chill overnight or for several hours. Next make filling by adding egg and sugar creating a heavy yellow creme then  add remaining items.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll dough into small balls and press a hole in center with your thumb for filling.  Place 1/2 tsp (approx) of cream filling or preserves. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool. Sprinkle lightly with confectioner’s sugar.

Kolachi Cookies


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