June 3, 2020 - The local community of Stari grad Kotor is again organizing the event "Kotorska Pašta," which aims to preserve the authentic recipe of Kotor creampie, the so-called Kotorska Pašta, otherwise a gastronomic brand of ancient Kotor. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Old Town.
Kotorska Pasta, as this dish is called among the Bokelian families, is a sweet pie, a variant of creampie, which has three crusts instead of two.
History of Kotorska Pašta
It is assumed that the recipe for this dessert was brought to Kotor by the Italians, but the grandmothers of Kotor have kept and prepared it in this city for centuries. The way of making Kotor Pasta, i.e., the fact that it is made with three crusts, may indicate that this delicacy comes from a French cake called mille-feuille, also known as Napoleon. The exact origin of this cake is not known, although it is believed that its modern shape was designed by the famous French chef Marie-Antoine Carême. This cake is similar to creampie, but, just like Kotorska Pasta, it is made with three layers of dough.
In Kotor, this delicacy became popular in the middle of the 20th century, when these crepes were sold in the once-famous bakery "Zdravljak," on St. Tryphon square, between the Historical Archive and the Municipality building. Famous masters from this bakery passed this recipe on to their heirs.
Kotorska Pašta Festival
The Kotor Pasta Festival is a gastronomic event that promotes and keeps from oblivion the traditional recipe of Kotor cream. The festival has been organized since 2015, in the pre-season during June, on one of Kotor's squares. During the event, the organizers distribute visitors about 1000 creampies, made according to a traditional recipe, prepared by Kotor housewives and famous restaurants.