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!)
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.
The filling is where I come in. While Mom is rolling out the dough I am working the mixer.
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.
Once we are done doing this 10 times we start the actual baking of them.
Bake for 30 mins and then switch them around in the oven and then bake for another 30 mins. 1 hour total.
My Sister showed up a little late but she jumped in to help for a few.
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.
And bake to baking, the finished product.
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?