Today we sat down and tried 15 different bakery items from a few different bakeries around Zagreb. Some products were from a small private bakery called Pekarna Svetice (located in Maksimir) and others are mostly from popular chains: Dubravica, Pan Pek and Mlinar.
We tried both traditional pastries, and a few more modern ones. So here they are, in the order that we tried them:
We tried burek with cheese this time but there are many more options, like with meat, spinach, apple, chocolate etc. I know that in Bosnia and Serbia only burek with meat is called burek, and burek with cheese there is called sirnica, but in Croatia it is different and we use the word burek for all other variations.
Burek origins actually come from Turkey.
Nowadays I have even noticed that some bakeries put a cheesy glaze on top of Slanci, too!
Krafna is a very popular dessert during the maškare season which happens in February every year (it’s kind of like a Croatian version of Halloween).
Many households make these kind of doughnuts for kids who go around and “trick or treat.” If you ever visit the city of Samobor during that festive season (Samoborski fasnik) you will see plenty of these kinds of doughnuts there.
Today the majority of people would agree that they are the best from the “Klara” bakery because they are full of cheese, while in other places you buy a piroska and it’s mostly just dough.
In Zagreb schools, students would often get piroska with a cup of cocoa as a snack (those are Ivan’s childhood memories).
The chocolate inside the one we tried from Pekarnica Svetice was absolutely delicious. Ivan thinks it tastes like Nutella on bread but to me, the chocolate is a bit different. Either way, it’s a nice sweet snack if that's what you're in the mood for. Just like piroska, it’s a favorite among kids for snack time in kindergarten and elementary schools.
6. Lisnato s višnjama
7. Zagorski Štrukli
It can be served with breakfast, as an appetizer for lunch or dinner, it can also just be a quick snack. It's very versatile and can be made either sweet or savoury. We tried the salty version from Pan Pek and it was absolutely delicious! Strukli are also often served as a dish at Croatian weddings.
8. Štrudla od jabuka
This one that we tried was really good. Ivan likes strudel better than lisnato, because the dough is more of a "hand made" type of dough, rather than a more flaky pastry. The apple filling was delightful and I would definitely recommend this to others!
9. Puž s makom
It has a very different, rich taste, and as a filling it’s juicy and soft, it’s really delicious! These “snails” can also be filled with walnuts, cinnamon, or chocolate.
10. Pita s krumpirom
This is one of my favorites lately. I often get this when I'm out and about getting errands done. It's like a potato pie in a stick form and the filling is absolutely delicious. The salty, peppery, potato filling with the crispy outside really makes this one tasty.
11. Paški klipić
The bread also has olives baked inside, which makes the sandwich all that much more delicious. There is also red pepper spread, and it just makes the sandwich come to life. It's a great snack on the go! I loved it!
12. Topli Sendvič
It has nice slices of zucchini and tomatoes with cheese and some oregano on top. It’s also great when it's fresh from the oven! (Everything is better right from the oven, though, right?)
13. Špek rolica
14. Hrenovka u pecivu
15. Pogačica s čvarcima
There are definitely so many other items we could have tried, but we wanted to show you the most traditional pastries, a few of the more modern ones, and also the baked goods that we just liked the best.
We think it's a good variety, but we'd love to hear from you, if you think we forgot any staple items from the bakery!
All I can say is that I love all of the bakeries in Croatia. They're practically on every corner, and they're filled with a thousand different varieties of sweet pastries and savoury goods.
Let us know which ones are your favorite (or which ones you don't particularly love) in the comments below.
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