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Daring Bakers – Povitica

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.

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.

Povitica

Povitica

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

Povitica

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.

Povitica

Povitica

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Megan

    October 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Swirly bread! I think the Europeans have a love of patterened breads/cakes/biscuits and they do it well. I can imagine this with pandan and kaya and toasted coconut! oh mY!

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      I know! You can’t not love baked things with patterns :D

  2. Renata

    October 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I agree with every word you said :) So much fun, I was in awe when I cut my loaf! You made three different ones, with amazing flavor choices! Congratulations, they look gorgeous and sound delicious!

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks :) My son was with me for the first loaf and it was fun watching his expression to see that it was no ordinary bread inside :)

  3. Amanda

    October 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    So pretty – lovely swirls! I would have liked to be on the testing panel for the Nutella one – in opinion there are very few things that can’t be improved by adding Nutella – but I can’t allow myself to have it in the house.

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you :) Yes. Nutella… Sigh… :)

  4. Jenni

    October 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Fantastic job! Your poviticas turned out lovely! You did an awesome job rolling the dough so thin, your swirls are fantastic! And I love your filling choices – green tea and almonds sounds particularly great!

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you!! I was mindful of getting it as thin as you can and it’s worth the effort getting there :) Thanks for the challenge!

  5. Tinkerbelle (@Lillyheart999)

    October 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    looks delish!!!

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you :) Loved this recipe!

  6. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    October 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    My kids loved the bread too!
    It was really fun to make and tasted as good as it looks!
    You did an amazing job on the challenge..congratulations

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks so much. You know it’s a good recipe when your kids keep asking for more servings of it :D

  7. Sandie

    October 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

    This was such a fun bread to make! I would love a slice of the green tea almond version- sounds deluxe
    Best, Sandie

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks :) I can’t resist throwing green tea into baked goods. The almond carried the flavour nicely.

  8. Jo

    October 29, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Your swirls are perfect! And i agree, the bread is just fun, and with all the possibilities for fillings, I bet you could make any kid happy.

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks :) It’s an awesome bread!

  9. Kim

    October 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Wow, interesting flavors! Love the swirls. Nice job on the challenge!

    • Monica

      October 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks very much :)

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