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Category / Holidays
Today is the first of several Easter posts where we will focus on Czech Easter traditions and folk customs throughout all the lands of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia. But first, we wanted to share a couple of photographs we found from the late 1930s and 40’s of Bohemian and Moravian children.   Ugly Wednesday (Škaredá středa) is...
Tres- Bohemes-Lemon-Almond-Tea-Cookies
Lemon almond tea cookies are excellent for holiday parties and gatherings. These buttery cookies are topped with a warm citrus frosting and sprinkled with sliced almonds for a little texture. Infused with almond extract and lemon peel, they go wonderfully well with coffee, tea, or holiday cider. Ingredients Cookies 3/4 cups of butter, softened 3/4 cups shortening...
Slepované linecké koláčky are traditional (and delicious) Czech Christmas cookies. They are not overly sweet and have a soft buttery taste. They are made with vanilla sugar and have a pleasantly mild vanilla flavor. They are deliciously delicate and taste best when sandwiched together with a layer of currant jam and dusted with powdered sugar before serving, giving them a...
Pracinky-Tres-Bohemes
Pracinky are classic Czech Christmas cookies flavored with cocoa and clove. They have a mild chocolate taste and a warm, rich fragrance. Spiced with cinnamon, clove, and cocoa, they smell and taste delicious. Ingredients 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cups powdered sugar 1 packet vanilla sugar 2 1/2 sticks of butter, softened 5 yolks from hard boiled...
Old Czech Claws (Staročeské pracny  or medvědí tlapky) I remember eating this wonderful cookie as a little girl and loving them so much. They have that classic Czech Christmas cookie taste that once you taste it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Ingredients 1  1/4 cups ground walnuts 1  1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar...
Masaryk Cookies (Masarykovo cukroví) These classic cookies are named after President Masaryk. They are a favorite in Czech households and some people make them without the cocoa, adding some vanilla powder instead. Because the hazelnuts are kept whole, they tend to break off at the edges when cutting them and that makes them appear that...
What is the first spring fair in Europe? How about the most popular and biggest fair in Prague? In the Czech Republic? The answer is Matějská pouť or for our English speaking friends, St Matthew’s Fair. The earliest record of the St. Matthew’s Fair in Prague dates back to the year 1595. It is the first known Spring...
Merry-Christmas-from-Tres-Bohemes
For many Czechs, Štědrý den (December 24th) is the most enjoyable day of the Christmas holidays. Today we wanted to share our Bohemian Christmas foods & Czech traditions. It is more significant than the 25th of December which is when most Americans celebrate. The Czech name literally means “Generous Day”, and this is most likely for the...