December 10, 2014

Christmas Traditions: Potica Recipe by Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves - Holiday Extravaganza Event



Growing up, my family always celebrated Christmas in a big way. Lots of decorations, lights, the works. Yet one of the fondest memories I have about Christmas is the food!

My paternal grandmother would send us a box of cookies each year for the holidays Not just a small box; I'm talking about a moving box full of various treats. One of the treats I looked forward to most was a bread from Slovenia called potica (poo-tee-sa).

Granda passed away when my oldest (now fifteen) was just a few months old. After she passed, I searched and searched for the recipe for potica. It wasn't until recently that I found a recipe that in any way came close to Grandmas. 


And so, now I pass that recipe on to you. While this is a bread you can really serve any time of year, I relate it to Christmas and receiving that box of goodies from Grandma.











Directions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 3 tablespoons of the flour in warm milk. Mix well, and let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter with the remaining sugar. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the yeast mixture, remaining milk, 4 cups of flour and the salt; mix well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well. Knead dough until smooth, about 8 minutes. Put dough in large bowl. Cover with warm towel & let it rise, at room temperature, for about an hour. 
  3. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in half, roll out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Spread melted butter on each piece, then sprinkle with honey, raisins, walnuts and cinnamon. Roll up each peace and pinch the ends closed. Place seam side down onto the prepared baking sheets.  
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 60 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
How about you? What are some of your favorite family holiday recipes? 


Thanks, Jenn, for sharing with us today!  Visit Jenn at her blog, Jenn's Bookshelves!


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