Although povitica basically belongs to the cuisines of Croatia and Slovenia, it is a sweet pastry that you can find similar ones under different names in neighboring countries such as Hungary and Serbia. Wikipedia even lists Turkish nokul among similar recipes. Since nokul is smaller in size and its filling is simpler, I guess it wouldn't occur to me to make a connection between the two.
But when you think about it, both of them are basically pastries consisting of a mixture of nuts between yeast dough. That's why I think it wouldn't be wrong to add Türkiye and Nokul to this list. But both their consistency and taste are quite different from each other, I can't help but mention that. Povitica has a slightly more cinnamon roll consistency. In fact, judging by its appearance alone without tasting it, it could be thought of as a type of cinnamon roll.
One of the best parts of this recipe for me was that I made it with walnuts I bought from Hungary. We took a three days trip to Hungary in the past weeks. I also saw a lot of pastries called bejgli, which are the equivalent of povitica, in Christmas markets, but since there were so many things to taste, I didn't have the chance to taste them. But we did not forget to buy Hungarian walnuts from the market on our way back. On my return, I immediately made a povitica with these walnuts. It made the recipe a little more special to me.
Povitica is traditionally made in this way, in triple rolls. However, if you do not have a loaf cake mold or are afraid that the inside will not be cooked, you can also bake it by placing it as a single roll on a baking tray.
Enjoy the recipe...
Povitica Recipe with Video
For the dough;
- 3/4 cup of warm milk,
- 1/2 cup of sugar,
- 1 tablespoon of butter (melted and cooled),
- 1 egg,
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast,
- 2.5-3 cups of flour.
For the filling;
- 250 g finely ground walnuts,
- 3/4 cup of sugar,
- 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder,
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon,
- 1 egg yolk,
- 1/4 cup of milk,
- 50 g of butter (melted and cooled).
- 1 teaspoon of butter (melted and cooled).
- For the dough, take milk, sugar and yeast into a mixing bowl and mix,
- Add egg and butter and whisk,
- Add the flour gradually and knead until you get a soft dough that does not stick to the hand,
- Cover it and let it rest for 1-1.5 hours until it doubles in size,
- For the filling, mix the walnuts, sugar, cocoa and cinnamon in a bowl,
- Add milk, egg yolk and butter and mix,
- Take the dough on the counter and knead again,
- Using a rolling pin, roll it out into a rectangle of 60*30 cm in size,
- Place the filling on it in pieces and spread it with a spatula,
- Wrap it in a roll shape from the long edge,
- Make an S shape stuck together and place it in a 23-24 cm mold,
- Cover it and let it rest until it doubles in size, about 1 hour,
- Grease it with butter,
- Place it in a preheated oven at 180 C degrees for 15 minutes,
- Then reduce the heat to 150 C degrees and cook for 30 minutes.
Enjoy your meal...