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Popular Serbian Dessert Recipes

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Serbians love rich tortes, nut rolls, strudels and desserts of all kinds, and after periods of strict abstinence from eggs, dairy, butter and meat for the Great Lent and Advent, when Easter, Christmas and slavas roll around, Serbs pull out all the stops with a sweets table groaning with delights. Serbians and Croatians share some of the same desserts, so I've included those here.

1. Serbian Chocolate Torte Recipe - Torta Cokolada

Serbian Chocolate Torte - Torta Cokolada
© 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This recipe for Serbian chocolate torte or torta cokolada is a moist, rich cake frequently served for Christmas, Easter, slavas and other special occasions. The finely ground nuts give the cake layers extra moisture.

2. Serbian Reform Torte Recipe - Reforma Torta

Serbian Reform Torte
© 2011 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This recipe for Serbian reform torte or reforma torta is a rich, many-layered walnut sponge cake with creamy chocolate filling. Some believe it came into being with the post-WWII Communist reforms when eggs, butter, finer flour, chocolate and nuts were more available and could be "squandered" on a rich dessert.

3. Serbian Apricot Torte Recipe - Torta Praska

Serbian Apricot Torte or Torta Praska
© 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This recipe for Serbian apricot torte or torta praska is made with a layered yeast dough that requires no rising, apricot filling and crackly meringue topping.

4. Bosnian Poached Apples Recipe - Tufahije

Bosnian Poached Apple or Tufahija
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This recipe for Bosnian poached apples or tufahije (tufahija is singular) is from chef Julia Jaksic, a New York City chef of Croatian-American descent. The dessert is popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina and other parts of the Balkans.

5. Serbian Doughnut Recipe - Krofne

Serbian Doughnuts or Krofne
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Serbian dougnuts or krofne are eaten year-round but especially before the Great Lent begins. Orthodox Christians observe Cheesefare Sunday (the last day dairy products can be eaten) two days prior to Shrove Tuesday, so krofne, palacinke and other fried and rich foods would be eaten then.

6. Serbian Sweet Cheese Palachinke Recipe

Cheese Palachinke
© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Serbian palachinke are thin crepe-like pancakes. When they are filled with jam, fruit, or sweet or savory cheeses and rolled, they are still known as palachinke (blintzes).

7. Balkan Tulumbe Pastries Recipe

Balkan Tulumbe Pastry
© 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This recipe for tulumbe is a very sweet and popular dessert in the Balkans. The batter is similar to a French pate a choux dough, and the appearance is similar to an unfilled, unglazed eclair. Tulumbe are traditionally fried and then soaked in simple syrup overnight. I prefer to bake mine as I've done here.

8. Serbian Sweet Gibanica Recipe

Sweet Gibanica
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This recipe for sweet Serbian gibanica is adapted from one by Chef Rosa Rajkovic. It has layers of apricot, raspberry and cheese filling between flaky filo dough, and is similar to Slovenian prekmurska gibanica. Read this Gibanica Tell-All.

9. Croatian Bajadera Torte Recipe

Croatian Bajadera Torte
© 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This is an easy no-cook, no-bake dessert that is made to look like a piece of Croatian Bajadera candy. It's a great project for the kids. This would make a terrific edible gift especially if wrapped in a pretty box.

10. Croatian Lamington Recipe - Cupavci

Croatian Lamington or Cupavci
© 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Croatian Čupavci (CHOO- pahv-tsee) are deadringers for Australian lamingtons. Čupavci are small sponge cakes filled with custard, dipped in chocolate and covered with coconut. The Croatian name comes from čupavi, which means "furry," from the look of the coconut.
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