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Walnut Potica

Walnut Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs + rising time

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spread Filling

I have a lovely lady friend who is my pen pal in Slovenia. Recently she wrote to me about one of their Christmas traditions, potica and how she made it for her entire family as per usual. She mentioned that there were a variety of flavors, but that she herself always sticks with walnut and was planning on making another round for Easter. Well since Easter is coming up I decided to google around and try this tasty sounding Slavic holiday tradition. I found a blog of Slovenian food with a tasty sounding recipe that was different in that it called for sour cream in the dough. Now I’ve worked with sour cream doughs in the past when I’ve made usky and pelmeni and I like them quite a bit. They are richer and so easier to stretch, handle and work with so I decided to give her recipe a spin. The results were very tasty, although my potica cracked, probably because sour cream dough is weaker than regular milk dough. I’ve asked my friend for her recipe and can’t wait to compare results. Meanwhile, below is the recipe for “apple” as my children so oddly call it, probably because of the cinnamon, potica which I would totally make again on another holiday just for fun.

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Bean and Barley Stew

Bean and Barley Stew (Ricet)

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Carrot Taster

Last week I got a lovely postcard from a woman in Slovenia who sent me a recipe for her national dish, a stew called Ricet. It sounded awesome, a hearty mix of beans, barley and sausage that I decided to try it out. I’m so glad that I did because it was as good as promised! Rich, hearty, not too meaty, but not to veggie either and very filling. Even my kids liked it, my son because of the sausage and my daughter because of the beans. I will definitely make this one again and it was well worth the hunt for unusual ingredients like parsley root.

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Anka Torte

Lemon Anka Cake

Serves: 8-10

Time: 2hrs

Kid Friendly Tasks: Curd Spreader

This was a cake made regularly by the long suffering (in my opinion) wife of Leo Tolstoy. It is named Anke cake after the doctor friend of Sofia Andreevna’s family. The recipe was given to her mother and then on to her. It was so loved by the Tolstoy family that Leo himself said, “a holiday without Anka Cake is like Christmas without the Christmas tree or Easter without the colored eggs.” (true quote!)

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