May | ABC Does Eurovision

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Nothing about Eurovision has ever really made any sense. Even having Australia being a part of things didn’t even feel that weird. Not with all of the other madness that’s always part and parcel of of the all-singing, all-dancing, OTT extravaganza every year, anyway.

What does make sense? Gathering in an Aberdeen bar to eat bakes from all of the countries involved.

A little like the actual show, baking for Aberdeen Bake Club’s Eurovision event can be a little, well, interesting.

In previous years, we have handed out the countries on a first come, first served basis. Never ones to do things simply, this year we decided to assign the countries randomly. No more sticking with your great-auntie’s Norwegian biscuit recipe!

Some European countries are well known for their delicious pastries, traditional breads and popular biscuits.Some are better known for dishes made from cabbage, beetroot and pork which, although delicious as part of a meal, do not lend themselves well to a line up of patisserie.

We had an amazing turnout at our event – so much so that at one point we thought that we’d have to start dishing countries out twice.

Thanks so much to all of you for really getting into the spirit of Eurovision, and going the extra mile to research your designated country. We love to throw in an ‘experimental’ theme every now and again – it gives us all a little push to get out of our comfort zones and try something new. Sometimes we discover something amazing, and sometimes we realise there’s a reason a country isn’t known for its baking…

In the spirit of Eurovision, we decided to take on the role of the jury, asking each baker to ‘call Aberdeen’ with what they’d made. Can we just take a moment to say what an awesome bunch you all are? We’re so grateful to you all for joining in (especially Lynne for being our ‘lighting director’ 🙂 )

Before we look at all of the great European bakes we sampled, special mention has to go to Joyce and her ingenious “Flat Pack Swedish Flag Cakes”, complete with Ikea-style instructions.

Thankfully these didn’t have any missing components, and I think we were all too hungry to follow the instructions!

See you all in June for Guilty Pleasures!

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Azerbaijan Flag Cake
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Albanian Baklava
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Icelandic Piparkokur biscuits
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San Marino – Bustrengo
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Hungarian Cake with Walnuts
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Italian Focaccia – one featuring strawberries and balsamic vinegar
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Danish Hinterbaersnitter biscuits
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Swiss Leckerli biscuits
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Spanish Churros with Salted Chocolate Sauce
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Israeli Hamantaschen – Nutella filled (above), and traditonal Poppyseed and Honey filled (below)

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Israeli Challah Bread with hummus, Sriracha hummus, and pesto hummus
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Slovenian Kolachy
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Serbian Cheese Rolls
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Danish Traestammer Marzipan Logs
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Ukranian Deruny Potato Pancakes
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Cypriot Cheesecake
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German Lebkuchen
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Greek Baklava with rose and pistachio
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FYR Macedonia – Kifli – rolls stuffed with feta and rosemary
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Malta – Spinach and Ricotta Qassatat
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Greek Phyllo Sticks
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Australia – Fairy Bread
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Lithuanian Poppy Seed Cake
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Australian Tim Tam Cake
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French Chocolate Macarons
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Austrian Linzertorte
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Netherlands – Rhubarb, pear and apple jam Linzentaart
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Russia – White Russian Cupcakes
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Bosnia Herzegovina – Cupavci (Coconut bites)
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Polish Kirche Cake
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Czech Republic – Blackberry BubbleCake
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Montenegro – Priganice (donuts)
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Hungarian Cookies

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