This trick is for you true horror fans. Eli Roth's Hostel part I and II were two movies that I shied away from for a while. I've never been a fan of the torture-type horror movies. I caught part of Hostel part II one night and was hooked. Eli manages to get scares and push boundaries with an intelligence and thoughtfulness that seems lacking in most horror fright-fests of late. Don't get me wrong, these movies are bloodbaths and very dark, but they are also smart and make you think. I prefer part II to part I, but you have to see the first one to get the background of the story.
The Treat: Žemľovka
The Hostel movies take place in Slovakia, so I found this easy and delicious recipe for a Slovak cake. It is similar to bread pudding, or a french toast bake. The original recipe calls for two sticks of butter, which makes a really rich cake. I tried the recipe again with one stick and the cake was still delicious, just a little lighter. It also works well with pears instead of apples.
1 stick butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
apples (or pears)
1.Heat up the milk in a medium saucepan. Add butter and stir it until butter is melted; cool it down to lukewarm.
2.Put the eggs, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon into a separate bowl and beat it (the best is using an electric mixer on medium speed).
3.Mix the two concoctions together.
4.Tear the bread and place it in a lightly greased 9X13 dish.
5.Sprinkle with shredded or sliced apples and pour batter on top of it.
6.Bake it at 350 for approximately 20 minutes (until the cake has a gold-brown top).
7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.