Tikvenik - Bulgarian Sweet Pumpkin Pie

This is a very traditional autumn and winter dish here in Bulgaria.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: pumpkin
Servings: 16


For the dough:

  • 2 lb flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

For the filling:

  • 1 lb pumpkin
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp oil


  • Stew the pumpkin in some water and the half of the butter.
  • Mix together all the ingredients for the dough and knead a semi-soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into 12 balls.
  • Roll out each ball to a thin sheet.
  • Put the filling ingredients (pumpkin, sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon) on top of each sheet lengthwise.
  • Roll the sheets.
  • Arrange the rolls in a baking dish. Shape them as one big coil starting from the middle of the dish and going toward the edge.
  • Pour the remaining butter on top.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown at 390°F. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar and vanilla.

Photo credit and inspiration: internationalcookingclubsingapore.wordpress.com, bulgarianspices.com, thespruceeats.com