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Pischinger - Polish wafer cake my grandma's recipe- a dessert from Krakow

Pischinger, Piszinger - this recipe that came to my hometown Krakow from Vienna, and because it is so simple and easy to make it quickly became favorites in Polish households.

This recipe came to Poland, to be exact to Kraków all the way from Vienna, during the XIX century then Kraków was a part of Galicja (a historical and geographic region at the crossroad of Central and Eastern Europe). Together with the culture of cafeterias it become well liked, and because this dessert is super easy to make, it quickly find its way to Polish homes, and was served with the afternoon coffee or tea for podwieczorek (the name of a meal that fills in the meal gap between the afternoon meal - obiad and the evening meal- kolacja).

The name Pischinger comes from its author and creator a Viennese pastry chef Oskar Pischinger.


Ready in 15 min

serves 6-8 people


For one chocolate wafer cake

  • 1 pack of wafers

  • 5-6 biscuits (crumbs)

  • 500g of dark chocolate above 60% cocoa

  • 1- 1,5 cup heavy cream

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper

  • splash of vanilla extract


  1. In a double boiler melt all the chocolate. In a separate saucepan heat up the heavy cream.

  2. In a food processor crumble the biscuits with a few pulses.

  3. Take the melted chocolate off the double boiler and slowly pour in the cream, mixing it constantly - that will create a beautiful ganache, that you will use to glue together the wafers.

  4. To the ganache add salt, chili, and vanilla and mix together.

  5. Take the wafers out of the bag and on a flat surface take one and spread the ganache on top of one.

  6. Sprinkle the crumbled biscuits on top of the ganache. Take the next wafer and spread a bit of the ganache on its bottom, place it on top of the first wafer.

  7. Repeat this with all the wafers.

  8. It is ready to serve right away.



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