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Chocolate Potica

Chocolate Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs +rising

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spreading filling

I will start off by saying that you will probably only like this recipe if you like the taste of dark chocolate because it features bittersweet chocolate. However, if you do like dark chocolate you will LOVE it as it tastes rich like a candy bar or nutella. It’s a love it or hate it sort of thing. If you tend to like eastern European sweets that have that dark chocolate bite to them you will totally love this recipe. You’ve been warned. Now the back story. I have a lovely friend who is Slovenian, living in Slovenia, and she mentioned that she makes walnut (the most traditional flavor) potica every year for Christmas and Easter.

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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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Pumpkin Cookies with Walnuts and Raisins

Pumpkin Cookies with Walnuts and Raisins

Serves: 6-8

Time: 25 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring

These aren’t seasonal, but I actually like pumpkin treats any time of year. Plus, last year I made about 13 jars of pureed pumpkin to freeze and I still have 5 jars left to use up. (Each year I get cheese pumpkins from the farmer’s market, bake them and then puree the pumpkin flesh. It makes the best canned pumpkin you’ve ever tasted. Easy to do once per year and so much better than Libby’s) So I have a couple of different pumpkin cookies I’ve made. One set is a fantastic pumpkin whoopie pie cookie and these are the other.

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Loukoumades

Loukoumades

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Toppings

I am not a huge donut fan actually (They are often too sweet for me.), but these are simply amazing. Light, sweet and a bit like donut baklava with the honey/cinnamon/walnut combination on top. I would go just to eat my weight in these. Since, fortunately for my waistline Greek Fest comes but once a year, I’ve found this excellent at home version of Greek honey donuts instead. Make a mess and try these TODAY. They are so good you can even eat them the next day if you cover your bowl with plastic wrap. Now that’s a good donut.

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