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Potica – Traditional Slovenian Sweet Roll with Walnuts

Matjaz Drobne

Matjaz Drobne

Matjaz Drobne is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Slovenia).

Matjaz is a translator from Slovenia who enjoys traveling, writing, reading, and watching movies. He believes that a person's character grows and becomes richer by meeting new people and discovering new cultures and places.
Matjaz Drobne

Slovenia may not be a well known culinary destination (yet), but it seems that over the last couple of months it has found its way onto the global culinary map.   Especially thanks to Ana Roš being crowned as the World’s best female chef and to Melanija Knavs (Trump), introducing potica to Pope upon her visit to the Vatican.

Potica is probably the most typical national Slovenian dessert, usually made around the cold Winter months and holidays, like Christmas and Easter.

The Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • 600g of flour
  • 30g of yeast
  • 200ml of milk
  • 140g of sugar
  • 140g of butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla sugar
  • grated lemon zest

For the Filling:

  • 400 of walnuts
  • 200ml of milk or sweet cream
  • 250g of sugar
  • 2 spoons of rum
  • 2–3 egg whites

Potica - traditional Slovenian Cake - Global StorybookHow to Make the Traditional Slovenian Potica:

Time needed: approximately 6 hours

1. Start with preparing the yeast mixture by mixing yeast with a teaspoon of sugar, flour and a couple of spoons of milk.  Then cover the mixture with a clean towel and leave in a warm place for the dough to rise.

2. Next, prepare the filling.  Add rum to the sweet cream and pour it over the walnuts and sugar.  Afterwards, start adding the egg whites, while continuously mixing everything until the filling becomes thicker.

3. Now you can prepare the dough.  Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add the yeast mixture.  If you are using a round baking form – do not split the dough into two pieces.  Otherwise, please do.  Roll out the dough, cover it with the filling and sprinkle the grated lemon zest across it.  Then place it into a baking tray.  Cover the dough and leave it to rise, for at least 3 – 4 hours.

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How to make Potica - traditional Slovenian Cake - Global Storybook4. Place the baking tray into an oven and bake at 180C degrees for about 70 – 80 minutes.

5. Finally, remove potica from the over and let it cool off.  Then sprinkle it with sugar and serve.

Of course, there are numerous other types of fillings which you can use for potica.  From cocoa and coconut mixture, to bananas, nuts, chocolate, and more.  Just pick your favorite!

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