Bucnica Pumpkin Strudel

Bucnica Pumpkin Strudel

Bucnica Pumpkin Strudel

Bucnica is a Croatian pumpkin strudel made with cottage cheese and soured cream, rolled in soft pastry. Just follow the simple steps below to prepare it.

13 November, 2018
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total time

2 HR 0 MIN


400 g
1 tsp
White wine vinegar
1 tsp
200 - 300 ml lukewarm
500 g, grated
cottage cheese
500 gt
Soured Cream
200 ml
50 g, melted
Soured Cream
200 ml


How to make Croatian Bunica pumpkin strudel

  • Heat the oven to 190°C (170° fan) gas 5.
  • Line a baking dish with non-stick baking paper.

For the pastry

  • Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the vinegar and lukewarm water, and work until the dough does not stick to the hands.
  • Roll out on a floured surface, as thinly as possible, without tearing.
  • Place a tablecloth on a table and put the rolled out dough on it; pull gently with the hands, to get the dough as thin as tissue paper.

For the filling

  • Mix together the pumpkin and salt and leave to stand for 20 minutes.
  • Squeeze out the excess moisture and stir in the cheese, cream, butter and eggs.
  • Spread the filling over the dough.
  • Take the tablecloth in both hands, and roll the strudel, over and over, holding the cloth high; the strudel will almost roll itself.
  • Holding the edge of the cloth, roll the strudel into the baking dish.

For the topping

  • Mix the egg and soured cream and pour over the strudel. Bake for 40- 60 minutes until golden.

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