Potica

Potica is a Slovenian holiday bread and is an annual tradition in the Zaletel family.  It is a sweet yeast bread that is stretched as thin as you dare stretch it, covered with a mixture of walnuts, honey, sugar, sweetened condensed milk and spices, and then rolled into a log, roughly the size of your arm.  After it rests and doubles in size, it is baked for about 45 minutes.  You end up with a tasty horseshoe of sweet treats that always disappears too quickly.  

I mixed things up with the recipe a little bit this year, and allowed the dough to proof in the refrigerator overnight before stretching it out.  The results are promising, though if I manage to plan my time better next year, I’ll probably stick with the regular recipe.

After the dough is mixed, it proofs until doubled.

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The filling is prepared.

The dough is stretched thin and covered with the filling.  After the filling is spread all around, the dough is rolled up into a log and placed in a horseshoe shape on the pan.

After the potica is baked, cut into thin slices and enjoy!

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