Experience the traditional desserts of Slovenia

Experience the traditional desserts of Slovenia

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An interesting fact about Slovenia is that although it is not very big in size, the cultural and natural diversity between its regions can sometimes be quite large. That is one of the things that makes it so unique, as you can experience various landscapes, customs and traditions in a short time. There are also some differences in gastronomy, but the traditional Slovenian food mostly stays the same and is present in all regions of our country. Here, you can check out some tips on where to get traditional food in Slovenia. When it comes to a typical Slovenian meal, we, of course, can’t forget about the desserts. That is why I will present to you the top five traditional Slovenian desserts to make your experience in Slovenia even sweeter. 

Picture © Credits to: Wikipedia/Hu Totya
Picture © Credits to: Wikipedia/Hu Totya

Potica

Potica or a nut roll is one of the most known pastries typical for Slovenia. It is often made when families gather for a holiday, like Christmas or Easter and have a delicious meal, talk and enjoy each other’s company. There are many different variants of potica, the most common nowadays being the one filled with walnuts. If you like cooking and baking, you can even try to make this famous Slovenian dish yourself.

Picture © Credits to: Flickr/emma.kate
Picture © Credits to: Flickr/emma.kate

Jabolčni zavitek 

This is a type of sweet layered pastry, also known as “štrudelj” in Slovenian, usually with a filling made out of grated apples or other types of fruits. It originates from the Austrian cuisine, but it soon became a part of Slovenian gastronomy and one of the most common home-made desserts, as well as a beloved dish in the restaurants and cafes.

Picture © Credits to: Wikimedia Commons/Tom Page
Picture © Credits to: Wikimedia Commons/Tom Page

Kremna rezina

I am sure that if you have ever heard something regarding the Slovenian desserts, the name "cremeschnitte" or "kremna rezina", must sound familiar. This custard cream cake is very popular, especially in the famous area of Bled, where it is said to be the best in the country. You can try this delicious dessert at the Bled Castle restaurant, located in the Bled castle with a magnificent view. There are also other variants of cremeschnitte that are typical for some other Central European countries.

Picture © Credits to: Wikimedia Commons/Erik Paakspuu
Picture © Credits to: Wikimedia Commons/Erik Paakspuu
The Bled Castle Restaurant
The Bled Castle Restaurant
Grajska cesta 61, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Prekmurska gibanica

This dish originally comes from the eastern part of Slovenia, more specifically Prekmurje, but today, it is one of the most known and popular traditional desserts spread all over Slovenia. It is a type of layered pastry, containing walnuts, poppy seeds, apples and raising. It also has a unique name, as the word "gibanica" would translate to “something that is folded”, which describes this tasty dessert and its many layers well. A restaurant in Ljubljana, called Hiša Pod Gradom, offers one of the best tastings of this traditional Slovenian dish.

Picture © Credits to: Wikipedia/Ziga
Picture © Credits to: Wikipedia/Ziga
Restaurant Hiša Pod Gradom
Restaurant Hiša Pod Gradom
Streliška ulica 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Buhteljni 

"Buhteljni" are sort of sweet rolls, usually filled with jam and covered in powdered sugar. They can be served as a dessert or a main dish. Just like chremeschnitte, they are also widespread in other European countries, nevertheless keeping a unique taste and popularity in Slovenia.

Picture © Credits to: Pixabay/RitaE
Picture © Credits to: Pixabay/RitaE

There you go. These are the five most popular traditional desserts in Slovenia that you have to try if you really wish to experience the sweet delights of our country.

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The author

Karmen Kovac

Karmen Kovac

I am Karmen and I come a green country in Central Europe, Slovenia. I enjoy travelling, getting to know new cultures and learning about myself and the world. On itinari, I will write about beautiful places, unique traditions and other exciting experiences of my home country.

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