How to Make Potica


Traditional slovenian pastry Potica (Walnut cake) is usually made during Easter and Christmas holidays. Since it’s holiday time I though I’ll share an old family recipe for our traditional pastry. I usually don’t weigh the ingredients so I won’t write the quantity of each ingredient.

Ingredients for dough

Plain white flour, yeast, milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks, vanilla sugar.

Ingredients for walnut filling

Walnuts, milk, sweet cream, sugar, chocolate powder, rum, egg whites.

Preparation

Crush the yeast into a medium size bowl, add some milk, sugar and flour. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave it in a warm place for about 20 minutes.

Sift the flower into a big bowl, add white and vanilla sugar, melted butter, whipped egg yolks, yeast and milk. Mix the dough well and leave it in a warm place for about 30 minutes.

Grind the walnuts and put them in a big bowl. Add sugar and chocolate powder. Make a mix of milk and sweet cream, heat it up and pour it over the walnuts. Add rum and egg whites, then gently paste the mixture.

Prepare a mixture of raisins, rum and milk. Let it sit down for couple of minutes.

Roll the dough (about 5mm thick), grease it with melted butter and walnut filling. Drain the raisins and sprinkle them on top. Grease the baking dish with butter, roll the dough, gently put it into the dish and grease it with a mixture of butter and egg white. Heat the oven to 180°C (356°F) and bake it for aprox. 80 minutes until medium brown. And that’s it, your Potica is done. Enjoy!