Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Daring Bakers' October 2011 - Povitica

After months of failing to manage my time efficiently, I finally got around to completing a Daring Baker’s challenge!

The Daring Baker’s October 2011 challenge was Povitica, hosted by Jenni of The Gingered Whisk. Povitica is a traditional Eastern European Dessert Bread that is as lovely to look at as it is to eat!

Povitica (poh-vee-TEET-sah) or Potica is a yeast based dough which is rolled around a variety of fillings, be in savoury or sweet.

It was my first encounter with such bread and reading through the Daring Kitchen forum got me excited thinking of the endless possibilities I could use as my filling. However when it came down to it, my creativity went straight out the window leaving me with only one option – chocolate.

It didn’t matter in the end for the loaf turned out beautiful, not only visually but taste-wise as well.

It was initially quite daunting to see pictures of perfectly rolled out dough from the other Daring Bakers, but my fear was unfounded as the dough was really easy to work with.  There were a few tears in the dough along the way but I really think it’s the case of practice makes perfect!

I made a similar mistake, as I did for the Baklava challenge, of not spreading the filling to cover the entire surface of the dough which may have affected the pattern. Nevertheless I was pleased with the results, and even my parents commented on how nice the texture of the loaf was.

The original recipe given to us produces 4 loaves, however the recipe for a half batch and quarter batch was provided by the ever efficient Audax! The original recipe can be found here.


Makes one loaf

Ingredients (Quarter Batch)

½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon plain flour
2 tablespoons warm water
1.5 teaspoons dry yeast

½ cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
2 cups plain flour, sifted.

 2 tablespoons cold strong coffee
1.5 granulated sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter

¼ cup milk
¼ cup butter
1 egg yolk, beaten
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1.5 cup chocolate chips


Making the dough and filling
  1. To activate the yeast, stir the sugar, flour and yeast into the warm water and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the milk up to just below boiling (about 180°F/82°C), stirring constantly so that a film does not form on the top of the milk. You want it hot enough to scald you, but not boiling. Leave the milk to cool.
  3. Once cooled, mix the milk, salt and sugar until combined and add the egg, yeast mixture, butter and 1 cup of flour.
  4. Combine thoroughly and slowly add the remaining flour, mixing well until the dough starts pulling away from the edge of the bowl.
  5. Transfer the dough to a clean surface and start kneading, adding small amounts of flour until the dough takes on a smooth surface.
  6. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and leave to rise until doubled in size.
  7. For the filling, mix the all the ingredients and heat until chocolate chips are partly melted. Set aside and leave to cool. The mixture has to take on a thick spreadable consistency. If it is too thick, add teaspoons of milk until desired consistency is achieved. If it is too runny, add more chocolate chips until it thickens up.
Assembling the dough
  1. Sprinkle surface with flour sporadically. * The recipe recommended using a sheet or cloth over your rolling surface to ease removal of the rolled out dough.
  2. Place dough on the floured surface and start rolling, using a rolling pin until the dough starts thinning. Ideally you want the dough to be thin enough to be able to see through to the surface. While doing this, spoon ½ teaspoons of melted butter on to the dough to keep the dough pliable and moist.
  3. Jenni suggests that when you think it the dough is thin enough, try to get it a little thinner. It should be so thin that you can see the colour and perhaps the pattern of the sheet underneath.
  4. Once ready, cover most of the surface of the dough with the filling, leaving 1 inch on all sides free from filling.
  5. Lift the edge of the dough gently and start rolling. Once the dough is rolled up into a rope, carefully lift it up and place it into a greased bread pan in the shape of a ‘U’, with the ends meeting in the middle. It is this coiling effect which gives the bread its distinguishing feature when sliced.
  6. Brush the top of the loaf with a mixture of cold strong coffee and sugar.
  7. Leave the dough to rest for 15 minutes prior to baking.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes then turn down the oven temperature to 300°F/150°C/gas mark 2 and bake for an additional 45 minutes or until done.
  10. Remove bread from oven and brush with melted butter.
  11. As it is a heavy bread, it is recommended to leave the bread in the pan until cooled.

Assembly in pictures


  1. Your povitica turned out wonderfully! I bet it was delicious with all that chocolate! yum!!

  2. Thank you Jenni! Absolutely loved this month's challenge! x

  3. Great job, Nish! It looks very yummy and I think the pattern turned out great anyway.

  4. Your Povitica is beautiful :) Still waiting to post mine so checking out everyone elses!

  5. Your povitica looks beautiful and chocolate sounds like a perfect filling - I totally want to try a chocolate one :) Fantastic job on the challenge.

  6. Thank you ladies :) Such a fun challenge! x

  7. I made a similar mistake by not spreading my filling all around too. But you can't go wrong with chocolate!

  8. Gorgeous povitica, and I love your photos! Oh yeah, that was so much fun! I want to try chocolate too, I'm sure it is a delicious filling option :)

  9. Alpinaberry : Silly us! But hardly think it mattered all that much :)

    Renata: Thank you :) Always go with chocolate!x

  10. Looks goods and very tempting, great job bringing out a fantastic outcome.

  11. My family would have been thrilled with your chocolate version..YUM! And such beautiful photos. Welcome back to the Daring Bakers!!!

  12. what amaizing and beautifull povitica!! thank you for your visite and your nice comment!!have a good day!

  13. Thanks all for dropping by and leaving such nice comments! :) xx

  14. I love how yours came out... next time I need to roll it out just a tad longer I think.

  15. I love your pictures Nish
    I remember seeing them on the forum and thinking how beautiful!
    I can't wait to try a chocolate povitica
    congrats on an amazing job

  16. So nicely done! You really did a great job on your povitica!

  17. What a beautiful bread! I would love to make this some day, I love exploring new sweet breads. Mmmm...thanks for the recipe!

  18. Hy Nish,
    first time your space...
    awesome posts with excellent cliks..
    potivica sounds utterly delicious...
    Am your happy follower now..;)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  19. super pretty bread! looks tasty :) great job

  20. Elyse: An additional reason to make this again I think :p

    Sawsan: Thank you :)

    Tina: Thanks hun :)

    Maggie: I love sweetbreads too, and so much fun to make your own!

    Jay: Hi new follower! Glad you like it here :)

    Bourbonnatrix: Thank you! :)

  21. That looks so beautiful! And it was a great instinct to go with chocolate! :)

  22. it looks beautiful! hope to view more recipes from here soon :)

  23. Nice pictures and pretty bread :)

  24. I completed my challenge after seeing so many beautiful loaves appearing in the forums as well and was convinced mine was destined to be a failure. But the dough WAS wonderful to work with, wasn't it? Lovely povitica!

  25. Hi, first time your space..wonderful recipes... Susan from

  26. Oh...this looks amazing! I have always wanted to try making povitica! You did a wonderful job :)!

  27. Lorraine : Thanks! I thought so myself too :p

    Fish: Hope you pop by again soon! :)

    Rajani: Thanks hun :)

    Piecurious: It was wonderful indeed! Going to attempt a savoury povitica next!

    Susan and Abraham: Thank you for your kind words :) Hope you drop by again soon!

    Foodafok: Thank you :)

    Amy: Thank you :) It was quite easy tbh, you should give it a go!

  28. First time here n loved my stay....
    Liked ur pics...amazing archieves...
    Following u and hope u do the same...
    Potivica looks decadent n Mouthwatering...

  29. Beautiful presentation and delicious looking povitica! Well done!

  30. I can't bake to save my liiiiife! But this totally is making me wish I had some pastry skills! =) It looks GORGEOUS!

  31. omg this looks amazing!! :D

  32. wonderful pictures! Your Povitica has come out really well!
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