Cranberry Walnut Potica is a variation of Slovenia’s most famous dish – Potica. There are many opularity by a number of others such as poppyseed, cottage cheese, hazelnut, chocolate, tarragon, leek. This rich yeast pastry is a beloved Christmas tradition. It is also a traditional Easter dish. 

Cranberry Walnut Potica

Potica is Slovenia’s most famous dish. This rich yeast pastry is a beloved Christmas tradition. It is also a traditional Easter dish.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Slovenia
Keyword: eggs, flour, sour cream, sugar, yeast


For the Dough

  • 2 ¾ sticks butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 packages yeast
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 6 flour
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Filling

  • 2 lb ground walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • honey
  • dried cranberries Optional


  • In a large bowl mix butter sugar egg yolks sour cream. Then use a different bowl to mix yeast in warm milk and sugar. The add yeast to the first bowl mixture and mix well.
  • Mix flour and salt and add to the mixture and make a soft dough kneading or using a stand mixer with a dough hook.
  • Split into 4 parts and wrap in waxed paper and leave it overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Roll each portion of the dough into a rectangle thicker and stretch.
  • Spread each dough with about 2tbsp melted butter and ¼ of the nut/sugar mixture.
  • Then sprinkle some dried cranberries, and drizzle with honey. Roll up and close the ends. 
  • Place them on a baking tray with a baking sheet for 1 ¼ hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

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Photo: Michael R Perry/Wikipedia

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