Is it pizza or potica? It's potica, a traditional Slovenian cake

Published: 26.5.2017

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Is it pizza or potica? It's potica, a traditional Slovenian cake

One of the most famous questions in the last few days made the headlines of all the major world media: ”What are you feeding him, potica?” A friendly question asked by Pope Francis to America’s First Lady, Melania Trump, on the USA President’s official visit to the Vatican last week.

Is it pizza or potica? It's potica, a traditional Slovenian cake

According to the Vatican spokeswoman, Pope Francis loves potica and always mentions it when he meets a Slovenian. Slovenian potica (rolled and filled dough pastry, pronounced po-teet-sah) is Slovenia’s original dessert and a truly sweet ambassador of our green, active and healthy land. It is traditionally prepared at Christmas and Easter, but Slovenians also like to make it on other occasions or on any other day, just because it is so good.

The filling for this delicious Slovene pastry is entirely up to the baker and his or her creativity – there are as many potica recipes as there are housewives and cooks – and the little secrets that are so important for making good potica have been passed down through the generations. Some say there are more than 80 different fillings; the best known are walnut, almond, hazelnut and tarragon.

You can taste different potica all over Slovenia, but you will find a true treasury of Slovenian potica in Lake Bled at Potičnica (Potica House), where they bake and sell the delicious treat. You can also taste the latest big hit, miniature poticalePotičke (a play on words in Slovenian: little beauties). They are prepared according to original verified recipes for traditional Slovenian potica, while their size and preparation are adapted to modern times. Or, you can try to make it yourself. Find a recipe for walnut potica here.

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