Whenever you find yourself visiting Slovenia, you will want to taste some authentic sweets. If you ask around you will first hear about the two by far the most famous sweets – Blejska kremsnita and Prekmurska gibanica. But there are other hidden gems that you enjoy. The following is a coarse overview of the most popular and delicious sweets that you should try during your stay.
- Blejska kremsnita
Kremsnita from Bled is a type of cake. It is rectangular with a thin slice of sweet dough at the bottom and on the top, yellow egg-like cream and white cream in between. Although Bled, a small mountain village in the mountains is the birthplace of this cake, sadly Bled has become extremely touristic and expensive, therefore buying a cake in Bled will result in an excruciating pain in your wallet. People say that you should definitely buy the original from Bled and that it tastes incomparably better but I urge you to buy the cake elsewhere. You´d be surprised how good the cake can be, even if bought in a supermarket (like Hofer for example). It is getting very popular for supermarkets to promote and sell Slovenian made food and you can easily decipher from the packaging of the cake whether it has been produced locally. These cakes are arguably as good as the ones from Bled and way cheaper.
- Prekmurska gibanica
This one is my favourite. It´s a cake that originates from the most eastern part of the country, close to the border with Hungary. The cake is rather complicated to make, so few moms will ever try to make their own version of it. It has dough on top and bottom, not unlike Blejska kremsnita. In between it has 2 x 4 layers of apple, cottage cheese, walnut and poppy seeds. It is much more caloric than Blejska kremsnita and if not too sweet it can practically substitute a proper meal. But where to get a good one? There are many places that serve Prekmurska gibanica but most of them make them hard as a brick and not at all tender as it should be. It was to my great surprise when I discovered that you can get a reeeally good one on the top floor of Ljubljana Skyscraper. The visit of this particular building is an experience by itself, since the so called ´skyscraper´having altogether 13 floors used to be the tallest building in all of the Balkan peninsula. Now it offers a coffee shop on it´s top floor and the cake there should cost you 3,5€ but It sure is worth it.
This one is perhaps not that famous but it has always been around and it is customary to bake a potica for Christmas. It is also a rather complicated sweet to make. It is like a cake going in a circle and if you cut out a slice you can see the spiral shape of dough and filling being intertwined. The filling is most often a mixture of walnut and raisins but it can also be something else. Strangely even though basically every family is at some point baking potica at home, it is very difficult to obtain a good potica if you don´t have local friends who would share a home-made one with you. Bakeries most often do not sell potica and poticas from supermarkets are usually dry and soulless. So I suggest you make some local friends around Christmas time and you will surely get to try this elusive sweet.
There are of course many other sweets like apple strudel, struklji and other tasty treats, but if you get to try the above mentioned three sweets you will have won half of the battle.