The Slovene people have a serious sweet taste, and because of the wide variety of desserts that are available, they are never at a loss for options when it comes to satiating their want for something sugary. There is always something sweet to go along with your morning or afternoon coffee; if not, there is always something sweet to substitute supper with! Whether it’s handmade cookies, a classic Slovenian cake or pastry, or something else entirely!
Desserts are a necessary component of celebrations such as Christmas and Easter in Slovenia, where they are likely to be consumed on a daily basis.
Let’s indulge our sweet tooth with some of Slovenia’s most well-known and highly regarded sweets, shall we?
1. Sweet Dumplings (Sladki Štruklji)
The most prized truklji in Slovenia are roulade-shaped dumplings that may be baked or boiled and are loved in both sweet and savoury forms. These truklji are known as truklji. The traditional truklji are coated with honey and fried breadcrumbs, and the inside is made of curd cheese (occasionally with additional sugar and raisins that have been marinated in rum).
This traditional dessert may be found on the menu of almost every restaurant and gostilna, which literally translates to “mountain hut,” in Slovenia.
The adaptability of this sweet treat makes it possible to create hundreds of different filling variations, the most common of which are walnut, tarragon, apple, and poppy seed.
Moji truklji Slovenije, often known as My Slovenian truklji, is a speciality dumpling house in Slovenia that offers a wide variety of fillings and toppings. If you are feeling particularly daring, I recommend that you pay them a visit.
It is well-known for the inventive variety of gourmet truklji that it offers, with fillings ranging from dark chocolate and orange to pistachio or wild chocolate and coconut, among other options. The fact that each one is presented with delectable toppings that are a great match for the ingredients that it contains is a wonderful added bonus.
2. Potizza or Nut Roll (Potica)
Potica, which is the most well-known dessert in Slovenia, is traditionally consumed during the Christmas and Easter holidays. Given that it can be found on every menu and is considered to be the dessert that best exemplifies Slovenian sweets, it is possible that it is the mother of all sweet treats.
Every baker with a piece of Slovenia in their soul will work tirelessly to create the world’s most delectable potica, but they will all approach the task in their own unique way.
The dough is folded over a walnut filling to make a shape similar to a roulade or roly-poly. This is the major component of the dessert. And what about the variants? Some are drier, while others are moister; some have raisins that have been steeped in rum, while others have an additional walnut filling that is added in significant amounts.
Variety doesn’t end here. As is the case with truklji, potica may be made with at least 80 distinct kinds of fillings. The most common, though, is tarragon (Tehran), walnuts, cracknels (ocvirki), and poppy seeds. I will save you the trouble of reading the whole list (makova semena).
3. Donuts (Krofi)
Who doesn’t like a classic doughnut every once in a while? Yes, they are well-known in Slovenia as well, particularly around the time of the carnival season (which they call post). The donuts that are most popular in Slovenia are those that have a filling of either chocolate or apricot jam, as well as those that have a filling of custard cream and a covering of chocolate and coconut shavings.
There’s a town in Slovenia called Trojane that’s famous for its donuts, and it’s situated about a half-drive hour east of the capital city of Ljubljana. In point of fact, a visit to the well-known doughnut store in Trojane is an essential part of any excursion to the east of Slovenia.
4. Bled Cream Cake (Kremna Rezina or Blejska Kremšnita)
The Bled cream cake is a sweet treat that is particularly well-liked not just in the city of Bled but also in many other places of Slovenia.
It has a delicious vanilla custard and cream filling, and it is constructed out of two layers of puff pastry (one on top and the other on the bottom). After the end of World War II, it became the primary focus of culinary innovation in the city of Bled.
5. Strudel (Štrudelj)
Apple strudel is a popular sweet dish in Slovenia, and it is prepared not just in restaurants but also in people’s homes, particularly around the time of the apple harvest.
Although the recipe was developed in Vienna, Austria, during the 18th century, it quickly spread to all of the bordering nations and the countries that had been a part of the Habsburg Empire. Today, the dessert is a typical dish across the whole Alpine area.
A dough that has been rolled out and then packed with grated apples and spices is used to make it. Additionally, Slovenians devour cherry strudel in large quantities.
6. Ljubljana Strudel (Ljubljanski Štrukelj)
This delicacy first appeared, under the name Ljubljanski trukelj, in the most popular Slovenian cookbook ever published, which was penned by Felicita Kalinek and has been reprinted many times since the end of the 19th century.
It is made out of a yeast-based pastry dough that is filled with almonds, candied orange peel, and apricot jam.
7. Prekmurje Layered Cake (Prekmurska Gibanica)
Poppy seeds, curd cheese, walnuts, and apples are filled inside of this superb Prekmurje delicacy that is the most popular in all of Slovenia. It comes from the region of Prekmurje.
Because it is a culinary product with an indicator of traditional repute, it is protected by a trademark, and as a result, the only way it may be produced under the name Prekmurska Gibanica is if the original protected recipe is followed to the letter.
8. Slovenian Sweet Omelet (Pohorska Omleta)
The Slovenian sweet omelette is the most well-known sweet dish that originates from the area of Pohorje in Slovenia. Pohorje is a mountain range in northeastern Slovenia that is located to the south of the Drava River and is of a medium height.
Eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar, salt, flour, rum, cranberry jam, whipped cream, and mint liqueur are the components that go into making this delicacy, which was created in the 1950s at a mountain chalet in the Potarski Dom mountain range. After combining the eggs with the salt, sugar, and rum, the flour is added, and the resulting mixture is used to make an omelette, which is then cooked in the oven.
After it has been cooked, cranberry jam is put on the top, and it is then garnished with whipped cream and mint liqueur. It is excellent when served hot and just after it has been prepared.
9. Blejska Grmada
Blejska grmada is a classic dessert that can be found all throughout Slovenia and originates from the beautiful Bled region. The crust is created with eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and cocoa, while the topping is produced with milk, eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla sugar, heavy cream, walnuts, chocolate, and fruit such as berries. The crust is made with eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and cocoa.
The foundation is often moistened with rum (or other fruity liqueurs) and milk. It is then covered with chopped walnuts and fruit, which is followed by another layer of the base and another layer of the topping. When it’s time to serve, Blejska grmada is removed from the container using a scoop designed for ice cream and then covered with whipped cream and/or melted chocolate.
Even in Slovenia, pancakes remain a perennial favourite breakfast food. This internationally renowned dish is given a distinctively regional twist by incorporating cottage cheese and tarragon into the filling, then topping it with an egg mixture, and breadcrumbs, and baking it until it is golden brown.
These pancakes, which are made with cottage cheese and tarragon, rose to prominence in the 19th century and are now a common component of a typical meal in Ljubljana.