Traditional Slovenian recipe for walnut potica

Avtor: slovenci Datum: 3035 dni nazaj.

Potica was already a well-known pastry in western and north-western Slovenia as early as in the 16th century. The most characteristic Slovenian poticas are made with walnut, hazelnut, tarragon, poppy seed, cottage cheese and other fillings. Potica is a festive pastry and can be baked in two ways: in the oven or directly on the hearth. The potica baking mould (called potičnik) with a conical protrusion in the middle was developed under the influence of moulds for baking ring-shaped Napfkuchen cakes from German-speaking countries. Would you like to make potica at home?


Leavened dough:

  • 1 kg plain flour
  • 30 g yeast
  • 3-4 egg yolks
  • 300 ml lukewarm milk
  • 120 g butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • fat for the mould


  • 600–700 g walnuts
  • 200 g honey
  • 50 g sugar
  • 100–200 ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • ground cinnamon
  • rum or home made brandy


Prepare the dough in a warm room. Mix and stir the flour with a teaspoon of salt, stir the yeast with a teaspoon of sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour and 200 ml of lukewarm water or milk. Leave in a warm place to rise. Make a hole in the middle of the flour; add whisked eggs, yeast, melted butter and sugar into the hole. Add lukewarm milk while stirring. Beat the dough for 15 minutes or until bubbles appear and the dough separates from the bowl. Sprinkle some flour on the beaten dough; cover the dough with a cotton cloth and leave in a warm place to rise. To prepare the filling, crush or grind the walnuts and pour some hot sweetened milk over them. Heat up the honey until it liquefies. Add the honey and cinnamon to the walnuts. Leave the filling to cool off. Add one or two eggs to the filling and mix thoroughly. Roll out the dough until it is ½ cm thick and spread it with the warm filling. Roll tightly and put it in a greased mould. Leave the potica to rise slowly. It will also rise during baking. Before baking, cover the potica with a whisked egg. Bake for an hour; when finished, leave it in the mould for 15 minutes to cool off. Sprinkle the potica with powdered sugar if desired. Bon appétit!



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