A true cottage industry -- potica! Does anyone else out there eat this at Christmas? We always had it growing up, but I wasn't sure if it was a Catholic thing or a Midwest thing or what. After doing a bit of searching around on the web, it appears to be Slovenian in origin.
Now first of all, it's delicious. Maybe it's hard to tell from the photo, but it is made from a dough rolled very thin and then crushed nuts and honey (and other things I'm sure, but I don't know what) are added and then it's rolled up. This creates *many* layers of goodness!
And you don't buy these at a store -- you don't even buy them at a bakery. You need to find a local woman who knows how to make them and sells them at the holidays. I love that idea! Because of this, some poticas are more bread-y, some are more nutty, some are dryer -- it's very individual. I'm sure the recipes are passed down in each family.
There are some recipes out there on the web, these are some that looked unique or had helpful illustrations:
- Potica Bread -- looks like a nice variation and makes a pretty loaf!
- Potica -- has instructions with photos
- Potica-Povitica -- a cookbook devoted entirely to Potica! I've never seen this and don't know anything about the company publishing it -- but it looks interesting.
So, does anyone else out there eat Potica at the holidays? And if you have a family recipe that you are willing to share, I would love to have it. I just might try making my own some time for fun!