Gibanica is the most famous pastry dish in Serbia, although it is also popular throughout the Balkans. If you need a recipe for a quick breakfast or a meal, Gibanica is certainly the right choice. Though unfortunately, you can try the original Gibanica only in the Balkans or in a traditional Serbian restaurant.
Gibanica is a real simple dish. The basic ingredients are bark, cheese, and eggs. There are numerous variations of this dish, but the main ingredients are always the same. It is quick and easy to make, and it usually gets devoured even faster! You can find the ingredients for Gibanica in almost any shop.
In Serbia it is served for breakfast, lunch or a dinner, usually with a yogurt on the side. It is also served at ceremonies, holidays like Easter or Christmas, as a hot or a cold appetizer, and it is certainly nice to surprise your guests with. Hence, any opportunity is perfect for this specialty!
Ingredients needed for 4 people:
- 500g of prepared bark
- 500g of fine cow cheese
- 3-5 eggs
- 1 cup of yoghurt
- 1 cup of sparkling water
- 1/2 cup of oil
- 1 spoon of salt
How to Prepare a Traditional Serbian Gibanica:
Preheat the oven to 200C. Prepare a baking tray with a parchment paper on it.
Prepare the dressing: Beat the eggs first and mix them with yogurt, oil, water and salt. Mix until you get a solid, single mass.
Prepare the mass: Separate the bark. First, take one piece of bark, place it on a table and sprinkle it evenly with a bit of cheese. Place the second piece of bark over it, then sprinkle again with a bit of cheese, place a third piece of bark over it, and again add a bit of cheese. Continue placing the bark one on top of the other, until all the bark pieces are used.
Pour the crust into a roll and cut it into ten equal pieces (the pieces should be about 2 fingers thick). When you cut up the pieces, place them in a baking tray so that the cheese side of the roll is facing downwards. If the baking tray is long, place the pieces next to each other into two rows, and if it is round, place them around the sides, ending in the middle.
Carefully pour in the dressing and make sure that each piece receives the same amount of topping.
Finally, place your Gibanica inside the oven and bake it for 30-40 minutes until it’s golden-brown. If during the baking process, you will be unsure whether Gibanica is ready or not, carefully remove the baking tray from the oven – stick a toothpick inside of it, then pull it out. If there’s no trace of eggs and other ingredients from the dressing, then your Gibanica is ready, and if there are some then return it back to the oven and bake it for about 5 minutes, and then repeat the process again.
So what are you waiting for – hurry up and prepare this tasty Gibanica for your next meal! Enjoy!