Czech Easter Lamb Recipe

The Easter table isn't given as much significance as that of Christmas, but there is still food, particularly baked goods, prepared especially for this holiday as well. Just as fish, mainly carp, is associated with the Christmas feast, lamb and goat's meat, baked or fried, is associated with Easter. It was usually prepared with potatoes. Even before the days of Christianity, the symbol of the lamb was widespread in Mediterranean culture, with its long pastoral tradition. For Christian churches, the lamb came to symbolize the Lamb of God - Jesus Christ. In the southern Czech Sumava Mountains there used to be a tradition that blessing a lamb would help pilgrims to find their way through the forests. These days lamb is rarely eaten in the Czech Republic, but this does not mean that lamb has disappeared entirely from Czech Easter celebrations. It still appears in the form of a cake. Today, we will show you how to make Velikonoční Beránek or Easter Lamb cake.

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First of all, you should use a dense cake batter so that the lamb will form a better shape and also it won’t collapse. The cake batter is up to you, you can use your own vegan, or gluten-free option if you want. Secondly, you need to make sure to butter and then either flour or bread crumb the pan, so your little friend does not stick and comes quickly out of the pan. Finally, decoration options are endless. You can use all type of topping from marshmallows or cotton candies for a fluffy sheep, pure white whipped cream or if you are a minimalist, you can just dust the cake with powder sugar, and it will still look delicious. You also need a lamb mold. To make ours, you can go to Amazon and buy a Nordic Ware Spring Lamb 3-D Cake Mold. We recommended leaving the cake cool overnight in the fridge so that It will be denser.

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Try it, and let us know how it tastes. Also, we will have a FREE Children Easter Event “Egg painting and hunt”. We will show you the secrets on how to create perfect painted eggs with our egg painting visitor-artist. Just like the eggs we have at the museum. We will also give you the opportunity to a unique museum's egg hunt. So buy your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable evening!

The CCMH Egg Hunt: 12:00 PM

Egg Painting: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

🗓Saturday, April 20, 2019


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces melted butter

  • 4 eggs, separated

  • 2 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 cups of milk

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 Tbsp baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or Czech rum for fragrance

  • Lamb 3-D Cake Mold

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit

  2. Grease and bread crumb or flour your lamb mold.

  3. Separate your eggs into two bowls, a smaller one for the whites and a larger one for the yolks.

  4. Using your electric mixer, beat the yolks with half the sugar until a bright yellow color appears (about 3-4 minutes). Then add the milk and remaining sugar and beat another minute.

  5. Stir in the melted butter and begin to sift the flour, the baking powder. Mix for approx. 3 minutes and set aside.

  6. In the other bowl, use a clean whisk attachment and whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into the yellow mixture and pour half of the batter into the face half of the form. (The back side half has a little hole in it for steam to escape. That is the part that should be on top).

  7. Bake for 45 minutes. Let mold cool on cake rack for five minutes or over night and carefully remove from mold.

Tips

This mold comes in two pieces. You pour the batter into the front piece and put the butt end on top of the front. It’s easy to figure out because the backside has two vents.  







Beer culture in Czech Republic

When you travel to the Czech Republic, there are things that you can not skip. This time, we will introduce you to beer. The brewing history can last traced back to the 6th century, and Czech’s beers are unique compared to other countries. Also, the Czech’s drinking culture is very different from the rest of the world.

Let us start with the fact that beer is cheaper than bottled water in the Czech Republic (a half liter of beer costs just over $1 at most places). Beer is an individual category according to most Czech people, and beer is a matter of national pride. It has a long history in what is now the Czech Republic, with brewing taking place in Břevnov Monastery in 993. The city of Brno had the right to brew beer from the 12th century while Plzeň and České Budějovice (Pilsen and Budweis in German), had breweries in the 13th century. The lager – particularly the pilsner-style light lager. The first brewery in the region opened in 993 AD, the kingdom of Bohemia, which made up the western half of the present-day Czech Republic, was just as passionate about brewing as their neighbors in Bavaria. The beer was often brewed by monks in monasteries, who were allowed to drink beer during fasting periods. The monastery in the Břevnov district of Prague started brewing beer in the 10th Century. Brewing was interrupted several times in the history, but up to today the brewing industry in Czech is now more developed than ever.

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The Czech Republic is home to the original Budweiser, and you might be surprised by that. German was the official language for much of Czech history and is also the language of origin for many beer-related terms. Budweiser is what they called beer from České Budějovice, which is called Budweis in German. Much like Plzeň, it was known for its local style of beer, but it was a German immigrant named Adolphus Busch who emigrated to America, started a brewery and named his flagship beer Budweiser. Anheuser-Busch and the České Budějovice-based Budvar brewery have engaged in many legal battles over the years to determine who has the legal right to use the Budweiser name (Eating Europe, 2018). Typically, you would like to have less foam in a glass of beer right? However, to old-school Czech beer drinkers sometimes prefer more foam than beer. You may find it strange but back in the day it was a common way to test the quality of the beer, where you experience both the sweet taste of the foam and the bitter flavor of the beer.

Regardless of the reason, Czechs consume more beer per capita than any other country in the world – and they have a unique drinking culture to match. Czechs toast to each other by saying “Na zdraví!” while looking into each others’ eyes as they clink glasses. It is also super important to only clink with those across from you; crossing arms is a sign of bad luck. To make things easier, most bartenders will keep bringing a full glass of beer; if you are tapping out, make sure to indicate so, or you will be responsible for the last beer that comes (10 best, 2018). There are a few beer tasting tours in the Czech Republic that you can choose. They will take you to local pubs, introduce you to the history and let you enjoy some good beers. When you order a dish of Czech goulash, make sure to pair it with a cup of Czech beer to make the perfect combination because that is how the Czech does it.

Bramborák or Czech Potato Pancakes

Bramborák or Czech Potato Pancakes

Potato pancakes turn up in most European cultures, from Polish placki to Swedish rarakor, German kartoffelpuffer, and Irish boxty. They can be made from smooth cakes of leftover mashed potatoes to crispy shredded potatoes that resemble hash browns. However, today, we are making Bramborák or Czech Potato Pancakes.

Communist Party of Czechoslovakia Vs Communism in Vietnam

The term "communism" was first coined and defined by the French philosopher and writer Victor d'Hupay in his “ Projet de communauté philosophe” (Project for a Philosophical Community) book. In his book, he defined this lifestyle as a "commune" and advises to "share all economic and material products between inhabitants of the commune, so that all may benefit from everybody's work". In 1848, Marx and Engels offered a new definition of communism and popularized the term in their famous pamphlet “The Communist Manifesto” which later was recognized as one of the world's most influential political documents.

Masopust: Mardi Gras the Czech way

Masopust: Mardi Gras the Czech way

Masopust is a carnival celebration that roughly translates to “meat leaving” or “goodbye meat”. Like many carnivals, it is a celebration before Ash Wednesday and Lent. Festivities usually are largest starting “Fat Thursday” instead of Tuesday like Mardi Gras. Czechs in rural areas will start the festivities by slaughtering a pig for their feasts. A meal of roast pork with sauerkraut is traditionally served and the day is filled with eating and drinking for strength and happiness for the rest of the year.