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Rocky Mountain Potica Tastes Like Your Slovenian Babica Made It

By March 20, 2012

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Rocky Mountain Potica
Rocky Mountain Potica
Rocky Mountain Potica, used with permission.
I've known about Nick Carmody and his wonderful handmade Slovenian potica (poh-teet-sah) for a long time. And now that he's baking out of a commercial kitchen, I can share it with you. Rocky Mountain Potica has me on a Rocky Mountain high, especially my favorite -- walnut-raisin. It's moist with notes of honey. Most nut rolls I've ever tasted (even my own, sometimes) are dry. Great when dipped in coffee or tea, but dry. Not Rocky Mountain potica.

This delectable pastry is made with a delicate yeast dough rolled thinly and slathered with, traditionally, walnut filling, rolled and baked. It's known as potica in Slovenian and povitica in Croatian, and it's nothing short of heaven.

Carmody's family has been making potica for hundreds of years. In addition to the English walnut recipe I love, they have more varieties than you can shake your babica (Slovenian grandmother) at. Not that you'd want to anyway. But I digress. Consider coconut cream cheese, cashew, strawberry-rhubarb cream cheese, macadamia white chocolate, German chocolate, Obama potica, and Blagojevich "Totally Nuts" with Bleepin' Golden Raisins. How can you resist that last one? Carmody makes them to order and ships the same day. There's no stockpiling of potica in his Colorado business (hence the name of the company). I believe he's still taking orders for Easter.

It's a little time consuming to make, but if you'd like to try YOUR hand at it, here's my Slovenian pumpkin seed potica recipe.

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April 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm
(1) R. Setina says:

I am from Illinois and will not buy anything that uses a reference to one of our former gov.
They make me sick

April 7, 2012 at 9:14 am
(2) Slovenian Girl says:

Then you’re a bigot. But that’s okay by me, more potica for the rest of us.

December 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm
(3) dan says:

Im from Chicago, cant you take a f’ing joke. some people. Their potica is awesome. Being Slovenian myself its a big hit around the holidays!

March 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm
(4) Deanie (Bernadine) says:

I just rec’d my first potitca from my cousin Olga. I opened the top of the loaf and was brought back to my mom and grandmas kitchen.
I make it from frozen dough, but this is Rocky Mountain is sooooo the best. Have tried it from other bakeries and not one compares .
I am 81 yrs young and my mom was from Slovenian folks and dad from Croation people. One argument took place every time mom baked. She said Potitca and he said Povitica…..
I’m so excited about my gift from Olga, I am alerting all my cousins in Minnesota……..
A great product…

March 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm
(5) barb.rolek says:

Deanie, did you tell Rocky Mountain Potica how much you loved their product? I’m sure they’d be delighted to hear that.

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