Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Traditional Bosnian Deserts

Recently I took some shots of my mom's old recipe notebook for this blog, and I promised to go back and actually make some of the recipes. And we did, mainly focusing on deserts. I'll try to go through them all and say something about each. Of course, not all of these recipes originate in Bosnia and Herzegovina, some are of oriental origin.

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The first two images show a desert called Cupavci which roughly translated means "something furry". The name probably comes from the fact that the coconut flakes resemble a furry coat. They are cake squares (made with oil, not butter), that are moist. Then they are dipped in a chocolate milk mixture and then covered with coconut shreds or flakes. Super yummy.



Next up, we have Baklava and the rounded Ruzica. Both taste similar they are made with Phyllo Dough. that is filled with a nuts mixture, and then covered with a sugar syrup, that makes both super moist and sweet.



On the next image, you'll see Kadaif, a Turkish Desert, also made with nuts and the special pastry called Kadaif.


The two following images show Breskvice which means Peaches. They are the round cakes on the right side. First you make a round shaped outer biscuit, then you scrape the inside out and add peach extract to it, and then you fill the biscuit rounds with the filling. Also, very moist and delicious. One of my favorites.



Lastly we have Sape, that translated mean Paws. They are a moist cookie (but not so much, they don't crumble), covered in powdered sugar.


I hope you like these images and the traditional deserts depicted. If you have any questions or recipe requests let me know in the comments below.

42 comments:

  1. i am familiar with baklava. the others are interesting! i like the 'something furry' translation. :)

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    1. Yeah it's funny when roughly translated.

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  2. Hi Mersad...

    also heute ist das erste mal das ich Deine Fotografie wirklich kritisieren muss !!!!

    Wie kann man den Leuten bitte solch leckeres Zeugs vor die Nase halten..... ich kriege jetzt so einen Hunger auf was süßes...aber natürlich zu spät um Kuchen zu futtern ;)

    Spaß beiseite...Sieht extrem lecker aus ... und ist natürlich erstklassig in Szene gesetzt !

    Grüße aus Berlin

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    1. Danke Dir. Hoffe Du kontest deinen Hunger stillen :D

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  3. These look wonderfully delicious. Great photos.

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  4. it's raining in my mouth ...
    "cupavci" is my favorite cake!

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    1. They really are good. Ate a lot of them myself.

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  5. I, too, am familiar with baklava and it is delicious!! Terrific captures and I would love to sample them all!! Thanks for sharing the goodness, Mersad! Hope your week is going well!!

    Sylvia

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    1. Hope you're having a great week too. Thank you for visiting.

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  6. I think I just gained five pounds looking at these delicious treats! You could photograph for a cookbook. :)

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  7. if i were there i would pick the furry one and second choice would be the last paws... they all look delicious and the photos are beautiful, although now i am having hunger attack

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    1. My mom loves the paws too.

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  8. I have such a sweet tooth - I'd be willing to try any of these "Desserts".

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  9. Mersad, you are a man after my heart...Not only are you a wonderful photographer but you maker wonderful baked goods as well....I love baklava and we have a friend that always sends us some at Christmas....They all look delicious and I'd love to try any of them....Your mom must be some cook....

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Baklava seems to be the most prominent one.

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  10. What a delightful post, and a wonderful idea to preserve family recipes with photos, which incidentally are very well done and make my mouth water!!!

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  11. I am impressed both with your baking and your photography! These look delicious.

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    1. Thanks Jack for visiting. Loved your latest posts too!

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  12. Baklava I'm familiar with but not the rest. They look good though!

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  13. This dessert is a revelation to me. Your Cupavci sounds so much like an Australian cake that we call a Lamington. Ours usually has a cream filling too. See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamington

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    1. Yes, the do share similarities. I will have to try Lamington, because I love creamy fillings.

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  14. Wow, delicious desserts! You made these, I am impressed with your baking and the photos! Well done, have a great day!

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  15. I think you missed your calling as a dessert or pastry chef, Mersad. These look delicious.

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  16. HI Mersad I am just getting caught up with your posts as I have not seen them for 1 week due to a friend staying with me. Loved looking at the recipe book and then see the delights that have been made. All good enough to eat. That also was wonderful hike with your friend adn dog you took. Fantastic photographs enabling us to see the beauty of the surroundings.

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    1. Thanks for getting back to me. Love to read your thoughts. Good to have you back. Take care!

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  17. Yum, I love Baklava. The first delight my daughter would love because of the coconut and the name is very cute.

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    1. And they really are delicious. I think I should post the recipe. Lots of people would love to try it.

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  18. they all look delicious, the baklava I am familiar with. A Greek version which is layered with who know what and honey is used to sweeten. I do not make deserts, cookies and cakes but simple ones. I don't need the calories on a daily basis, but if I go out or to someone's home I always sample their deserts, the sweeter and gooey-er the better. i'll check back for your clouds.

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    1. I'll post the clouds post in a couple of minutes.

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  19. The images are great and I think the desserts will be good too
    Ciao
    Stefano

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  20. Hallo Mersad,

    alle sehen sehr lecker aus und ich wundere mich ob es einige böse Überraschungen beim probieren gibt.
    Auch wie sie fotografiert sind macht es nicht leichter sie sich anzuschauen - ohne neugierig zu werden wie es schmeckt. Lecker fotografiert!

    Liebe Grüße von Senna

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