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Tikvenik - Bulgarian Sweet Pumpkin Pie

Tikvenik (Bulgarian Sweet Pumpkin Pie) is a traditional Bulgarian pastry, popular dessert in the autumn and winter.
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


  • Heat a pot with water over medium heat and bring it to boiling. Add the grated pumpkin to the pot and the half of the butter. Cook it till soften.
  • In a large bowl or food processor prepare the dough by mixing together all the ingredients and knead until you get a soft dough. Leave it for an hour to double its size.
  • Split the ready to use dough into 12 pieces.
  • On a floury surface roll out each piece into a thin sheet.
  • Use an oily round baking dish and start placing a sheet at the bottom then spread ingredients (pumpkin, sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon) on top then add another sheet and repeat the process.
  • Roll the sheets in the baking dish and shape them to form circle starting from the middle of the dish and going toward the edge.
  • Preheat the oven to 390°F.
  • Pour the remaining butter on top.
  • Place the baking dish and bake until golden brown or for about 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm with sprinkled powdered sugar on top.