I can’t believe I actually managed to complete this month’s Daring Bakers’ challenge well before the deadline. I’m even blogging about it! This alone is cause for celebration but I’m as equally thrilled and happy with the opportunity to make such a curious and delicious bread item: Povitica.
This month’s challenge was hosted by Jenni (The Gingered Whisk). In her own words: “Povitica (pronounced po-va-teet-sa) is traditional Eastern European dessert bread that is traditionally served during the holiday season. It is also known as Nutroll, Potica, Kalachi, Strudia, just to name a few.”
Initially, I wasn’t too excited at the prospect of having to roll out thin sheets of dough but once you work out your own technique, it wasn’t all that bad at all :) It’s certainly worth the effort when you get down to slicing your loaf in half to see how swirly whirly your bread is. It’s also a lot of fun pulling your Povitica apart into small rolls.
As for fillings, I decided to keep things simple for my first loaf and made up one with walnut, coffee and Pedro Ximenez. The kids loved it! The next two loaves were filled with green tea and almond, and chocolate and Nutella. Delightful!
Povitica is not only delicious but visually a lot of fun. I’m a sucker for things that have a swirly pattern :) I was also amazed by how much my kids loved it and I suspect it has to do with the fun factor of this bread. Definitely something I will make again.