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Croatian honey pie

  • Author: Tamara Novakovic


Thin cinnamon-honey biscuits layered with vanilla cream and jam make for an authentic Croatian pie.



For the dough

  • 15.8 oz (450 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 0.7 oz (20 g) lard (or butter)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 5.2 oz (150 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the filling

  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) milk
  • 5.2 oz (150 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 7.05 oz (200 g) butter
  • plum jam
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Make the filling first. Combine most of the milk with sugar, vanilla extract and heat until it boils. Combine the remaining milk separately with cornstarch. Add to the boiling milk and cook on low heat constantly stirring, until it thickens. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Beat softened butter until fluffy and add to the cream. Combine well.
  3. Prepare the dough. Combine one egg, lard or butter, honey, sugar and milk in a saucepan. Heat until all ingredients dissolve.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda. Add melted mixture to the flour mixture, together with one remaining egg. Knead until it forms into a dough.
  5. Divide it into two equal parts. Roll each one out onto a lightly floured surface, as thin as possible.
  6. Place a parchment paper on a large baking tray. Place each rolled out dough onto it. Cut each dough in half.
  7. Preheat oven to 356 F (180 C). Bake each piece for 7-10 minutes (depends on the oven, it should get a nice golden color, but stay pale.) Make sure not to over bake it, it will be too dry. Let cool completely and cut each piece into two equal parts.
  8. Assemble: place the first biscuit layer on a serving tray. Spread 1/2 of the filling evenly. Cover with the second biscuit layer. Spread jam over it and cover with the third biscuit layer. Spread remaining filling over it and cover with fourth and final biscuit layer.
  9. Let it rest in a cool place overnight. The following day, dust with powdered sugar, cut into squares and serve.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Croatian
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