Pastries in Slovakia are somewhat similar to pastries in other Easter European countries. There are several traditional pastries that can only be found in Slovakia. Recipes tend to slightly differ by region. There are many recipes available on the Internet and I have tried quite a few of them but only very few are really authentic. Slovak traditional sweets are usually home baked and harder to find in stores. It is not uncommon that Slovaks eat certain types of sweets for lunch. For example Parené Buchty (steamed dumplings filled made of raised dough, filled with plum jam and topped with sweet poppy seeds butter or cocoa are extremely common an dpopular.
Traditional pastries in Slovakia are made of risen dough filled with marmalade, cream cheese with vanilla, walnuts or poppy seeds. They are called Koláče (Kolatche). They are also often served as a main course either for breakfast or lunch. Koláče taste somewhat similar to brioche. The fluffier the better. My grandma used to make them just perfect.
The fancier looking pastries are called Zákusky (zah-khus-ke). Some recipes include rum and other type of liquor. One of my very favorite types of zákusky is a chocolate covered creamy peak filled with egg liquor.
Visiting a pastry shops (cukráreň) in Slovakia was always my favorite things to do, especially when I was a child. Pastry shops and bakeries in Slovakia tend to be rather small and cozy . They usually have a glass display of fancy pastries of all kinds of flavors, shapes and colors. Cukráreň sometimes also serves coffee but the main focus remains on pastries.