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.
Assembly in pictures