For those who haven’t come across it, potica is a traditional festive dessert in Slovenia. It’s a yeasty bready cake with a delicious nutty-sweet filling.
(Don’t you just love my friend’s beeeeautiful cucumber pot?!)
A Slovenian contact sent me a recipe at Christmas time but I never had time to veganise it (potica typically contains a lot of eggs, milk and honey). However for Easter I decided to pull my finger out my arse and actually get it made. The following recipe makes a fairly large cake, so my BFF, her fella, my hubby, my Mum and my Dad were all subjected to a BIG serving over the Bank Holiday weekend. They all survived so I figured it was worth a blog!
Vegan Potica recipe:
200ml soya milk
50ml hot water
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
14g fast active yeast
150g vegan marg
2 tbsp rum
2 tsp vanilla essence
Peel of ½ orange and ½ lemon
600g plain white flour
In a jug, add the hot water to the soya milk. Stir in 2 tsp of sugar and the salt. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and leave in a warm place for 10 – 15 minutes until the mixture has frothed up.
In a pan, heat up the marg, rum, vanilla essence, peel, and the 80g sugar. Whisk until thoroughly mixed and starting to boil.
Put the flour into a large bowl and make a well. Pour in the contents of the pan and stir into the flour using a wooden spoon. When the mixture starts to get doughy, start to mix using your hands.
Knead into nice, elastic, smooth dough. This will take 5 – 10 minutes.
Cover with a clean tea towel and place in a warm place for 1 – 2 hours until the dough has doubled in size.
Whilst the dough is rising, make the filling:
50g agave syrup
100ml soya milk
2tsp vanilla essence
2tsp ground cinnamon
Peel of ½ orange and ½
2tbsp soya cream
Whiz up the almonds and half the walnuts in a food processor until fine crumbs are formed.
Leave to one side and whiz up the remaining walnuts until very roughly chopped.
In a pan, heat up the sugar, agave, soya milk, vanilla, rum, cinnamon and peel until all melted and beginning to boil. Add the finely ground nut crumbs and stir in. Allow to bubble for 5 minutes whilst stirring. Take off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Knead the dough again for a further 5 minutes before rolling out onto a well-floured surface. Roll out to about ¼ cm in thickness (or as thin as possible before the point where the dough turns translucent or starts to break / form holes).
Spread the cooled filling over the dough. I used a rubber spatula. It might seem that there isn’t enough filling but keep spreading! Once spread, sprinkle the roughly chopped walnuts over the dough. Then drizzle the cream over the top.
Roll up the potica into a long sausage shape.
Here’s the part where you can use your imagination. You can cook the potica in almost any tin. You can layer it up so that when cut, the cake displays various layers of rings, or you can keep it simple.
I sliced the roll up into 4 pieces and placed around a greased bundt tin, overlapping the ends.
Leave the cake to rise in a warm place for a further hour, before baking in an oven preheated to 180oC for around 20 minutes. (Cooking times will vary depending on the size and depth of the tin, so be careful to keep an eye on your cake).
The potica should easily slide out of the tin when turned upside down. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
I’m not sure how the Slovenian’s devour this delightful dessert, but I couldn’t resist serving it with lashings of dairy-free custard. Mmmmmm!
Happy Easter everyone!