"Mazurek is a type of pastry (a cake) baked in Poland, particularly at Easter, but also at other winter holidays. It is generally decorated with icing and fruit and nuts." - by Wikipedia.org
First - I hope that you have a very Happy Easter! Spend with your family and friends, full of chocolate eggs and delicious food!
It was my first time making this traditional Polish cake. There are lots of different types of 'mazurek' - different types of topping, on the usually bottom of shortcrust pastry. I made mine with custard cream topping - as I thought that this will be the best one for little J - not to mention that I'm a big custard fan myself! For some details about Easter in Poland please pop in here.
How to make it...
- one batch of sweet shortcrust pastry (any recipe will do), already blind baked
- 500 ml vanilla custard (or other flavour if you like), cooled
- 150 g soft butter
- 3 tablespoons icing sugar
- something for decorating your cake
With a whisk or electric beater cream sugar with butter. While beating start adding your custard, 1 spoon at a time, to your butter/sugar mixture. Add till you have everything mixed together. You should end up with smooth cream, light and sweet. Put your custard cream onto your cooled shortcrust pastry and (very important!) decorate your mazurek with anything you like :) Place in the fridge for minimum 2 hours before serving. Store any 'uneaten' mazurek in the fridge.
P.S. Below is the photo and a method of colouring Easter eggs. Just hard boil them in plenty of onion peels with a dash of vinegar for more intense colour!