Crispy Pastry Recipe from the Adriatic Coast

By , 22 Jun 2018, 13:44 PM Gourmet
Crispy Pastry Recipe from the Adriatic Coast Yulia Mengo

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June 22, 2018 - The Dalmatian islands and Boka Bay shores keep the recipes of the times when sugar and spices were rare in the rest of Balkans. Thanks to developed trade sea routes, such products as vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, saffron, wheat, and sugar were well-known at the Kotor market by the 17th century. And this should have been reflected in cuisine traditions of the area.

Hroštule or ruštule are the names of the traditional and popular pastry in Boka which sounds very similar to the word “crust” totally reflecting the essence of the same meaning. What is most valuable is that you can still find these sweet pieces in any supermarket.


But the best is to try homemade pastries at the gastro-fest or visiting a local family. Hrostule is usually baked for an occasion such as a family holiday or traditional celebration. The dough for this pastry is usually flavored by rakija or liquor, or even white wine (typical for the Istria region).


So, here is the traditional recipe of Bokelian hrostule:

Mix 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks with 100g of sugar and some vanilla, then add 120g of melted butter and a few drops of rakija. When mixed, gradually add 500g of white flour and a pinch of salt. When the dough is done leave it for a while. Then roll the dough out and cut in stripes (use a knurled knife if you have one) and twist them. Fry them in hot oil and remove when they are slightly browned. Leave them on paper so it absorbs the extra oil and when cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

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