What to cook for a Polish date before Christmas


I’ve been asked by match.com if I could recommend some Christmasy recipes for their Polish members.

That should be an easy task, as there are so many beautiful recipes to choose from, but once I started analysing, it seemed trickier and trickier.

Many Polish Christmas recipes can be pretty laborious. You can impress anybody by making pierogi, but that’s not an easy peasy job, it’s not a rocket science as well, but requires a lot effort. A cheesecake is always a treat, but I’ve heard too many people saying “I can’t bake”. So I’ve tried to think about something simple and savoury – herrings would work as you just need to chop few things, but fish for a date…? It could be hit and miss and we don’t want any disasters on a date, do we?

Chocolate prunes soaked in rum

So finally I’ve reminded myself of a recipe I’ve shared earlier this year – chocolate prunes soaked in rum. They don’t need baking or any other cooking superpowers, so most of you shouldn’t have problems preparing them. Even the name itself sounds delicious. So here is a recap of the recipe. I hope you like it.

Chocolate prunes soaked in rum

Let me know how did it work for you. Or maybe you have other ideas how to spoil your Polish special someone.

Chocolate prunes soaked in rum

Chocolate prunes soaked in rum

Recipe adapted from Moje wypieki

Notes: If you are not a fan of dark chocolate you can use milk or white chocolate instead.

  • 20 soft Californian prunes, pitted
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 80g marzipan
  • 130g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Soak prunes in the rum overnight, or at least for an hour if you are in a hurry.
Drain the prunes (discard the soaking liquid).
Insert a chunk of marzipan into every prune. The marzipan size should be similar to a prune stone.
Now, let’s melt chocolate.
Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl (stainless steel or tempered glass).
Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (the water shouldn’t touch the bottom of the bowl) and melt the chocolate (here is a video that may help you if you never melted chocolate before).
When the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat.
Place the prune onto a skewer and cover it in chocolate.
Put it on a greaseproof surface (parchment paper will be great), gently remove the skewer.
Repeat until you run out of the prunes.
Wait until chocolate sets.
Place into an airtight container.




4 thoughts on “What to cook for a Polish date before Christmas

    • I thought you don’t eat fish Amielia, how would that work?!
      I didn’t like herrings to much for most of the time, so I’m not sure how would I take it if somebody made it for me and I wouldn’t like it.


    • Sorry Amielia, I can’t read, for some reason, I understood you suggest fish would be so much better than chocolate prunes! My mind is playing tricks on me! I promise no fish when we meet!


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