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It’s Potica Time

Every year around now (Easter), my Mama and I start making Potica’s on the weekends. (We also bake them for Thanksgiving and Christmas but I didn’t have a blog back then so that’s why you are getting the story now)

Oh, what’s that you say? You don’t know what a Potica is? Well I feel bad for you. You are missing out on some delicious goodies. Potica, pronouced poh-teet-sah (Croatian), or nutroll (English) is hmm, sounded easier to describe in my head, but basically it is dough filled with a walnut filling or poppy seed.

Baking Potica’s with my Mama is something I have been doing forever. Well at least since I was old enough to stand on a stool to work the mixer. So let’s say I’ve been making them since I was 4. And my Mama was making them with her mama before that and so on and so on. It’s a family tradition. We bake in my Grandma’s basement/makeshift bakery kitchen and it’s a great way to catch up since we are stuck baking together for a couple of hours.

In order to explain this better I took lots of pictures and tried to skip the boring parts. Mom starts by making the dough, no pictures of that because it is pretty boring. Unless you want to see someone stand next to a mixer for an hour. We were making 30 Potica’s this day so we needed 10 dough balls. We eventually turn each dough ball into 3 Poticas, so 3×10=30 (look Mom math!)

Dough Ball

This is where it gets fun. Mom takes care of rolling out the dough. I have to give her props because it is pretty hard to do and quite the workout. We cover a table with a table-cloth covered in flour to roll out the dough.

Halfway through rolling out the dough
Fully rolled out and waiting for the filling

The filling is where I come in. While Mom is rolling out the dough I am working the mixer.

Fluffing up some egg whites
Melting some butter and heating milk on the stove
And grinding up the nuts

Once the butter is melted I add sugar to it and mix it with the grinded nuts and then fold in the egg whites. Then it’s time to pour the filling onto the dough.

Filling
Spread the filling evenly across the dough
And then "roll it on the floor"
Ok not quite on the floor
Cut the dough into 3 even sections and put into foil covered pans (pans are also sprayed with Pam)

Once we are done doing this 10 times we start the actual baking of them.

Coat the tops with egg yolk and milk mixture

Bake for 30 mins and then switch them around in the oven and then bake for another 30 mins. 1 hour total.

Halfway through baking we switch them around so that they cook evenly
Bake 6 in an oven at a time

My Sister showed up a little late but she jumped in to help for a few.

Look how cute she is in her apron
And look how boring my apron is

While waiting for the rest of the Poticas to bake I passed the time playing Jenga and Uno with my sister and doing this to her.

I crunked her out. Check out her grillz and hoodie!

And bake to baking, the finished product.

All done! The 3 black looking ones are poppy seed. We did one batch of that towards the end

And that’s pretty much how I spend my Saturdays and Sundays when I am not running.

Any other weekend bakers out there? Has anyone else tried to make these or at least tasted these?

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13 thoughts on “It’s Potica Time

  1. My mom makes these for Christmas (we’re Polish and Czech). I’m dying for her to show me how – I’m a good baker, but have never attempted nut roll. And I want it to taste like mom’s!

  2. Omg, we have potica every Easter as well! (I’m half Slovenian). We’ve never actually made it though, always store bought, but it’s still good!

  3. What an awesome tradition! I am a SUCKER for this kind of stuff. And I am especially a fan of hanging out with moms. My mom is my favorite person in the whole wide world! Thank you for sharing this non-runner side of yourself! Very cool!

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