Dinner party and Lithuanian “Lazy cake”
Today is a very happy day in my house. I have friends coming over for dinner! Not just any dinner, traditional Lithuanian dinner 😉 I’ve been saying for ages I would make something traditional for them to try, so the time has finally come. Now Lithuanian food is not that fancy to be honest, it’s potato with potato on top of potato. Tonight I’m making a cold beetroot soup and a potato pie. We basically just eat potatoes and it’s great, it’s yummy if you’re Lithuanian, I love it! Yet my sister recommended to make only small portions just in case. She is also Lithuanian and she hates cold beetroot soup, haha! My guests originally come from the Americas, so plan B is to order pizza 😉 I’m also hoping that dessert and drinks save the evening in case of a disaster. I have prepared this traditional Tinginys, which translates as Sloth or as Lazy Cake. The name makes sense, it’s so easy to make, that even a lazy person can do it. Yet, it’s really good, absolutely recommended!
So the only thing I struggled with are the biscuits. You need plain biscuits for this recipe. In Lithuania we typically use “Gaidelis” biscuits, in England I used to use Malted Milk biscuits, yet in Poland they don’t really have an equivalent. I just bought a box of mixed butter cookies, and they worked more or less okay, but the result, unfortunately, is not authentic. Very good though, I urge everyone to try and make it!
- 200 g butter
- 1 can condensed milk (400 g)
- 650 g biscuits
- 6 tablespoons cacao powder
- Handful of cashew nuts (or other nuts), optional
- Pinch of salt
- Break the biscuits into pieces. Mix in the nuts if using, set aside.
- In a pan, melt the butter with condensed milk on medium low heat. Stir in the cocoa and the salt, mix well. Remove from heat ant pour on top of the biscuits. Mix well until all the biscuits are coated with chocolate mixture.
- Pour the cake into a form lined with parchment paper, press down firmly to form a cake.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.
- Slice and enjoy 😉