Have you ever wished you knew more about the wonderful realm of Bulgarian desserts? I know I did!
So I decided to learn more about them and find my favorite dessert among these beautiful Bulgarian recipes.
Are you curious to know which one I liked the most? Read on to find out!
11 Traditional Bulgarian Desserts
From mekitsa to Garash cake, discover a new range of flavors with delicious Bulgarian sweets.
Whether for breakfast or as a sweet treat, mekitsi are beloved fried dough pastries from Bulgaria.
The traditional mekitsi recipe calls for only three ingredients: flour, yogurt or water, and a leavening agent. The dough is then deep-fried till it becomes crisp and golden brown.
These fluffy pastries can be served with a variety of toppings or sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Tikvenik (Pumpkin Banitsa)
Tikvenik is a Bulgarian pastry that blends filo dough layers with the earthy richness of pumpkin.
Grated pumpkin, crunchy walnuts, sugar, and spices are usually layered between filo pastry sheets to make this delicacy.
You can enjoy the irresistible taste, with the crunchy crust and soft, sweet pumpkin filling creating an ideal harmony of textures!
Shtrudel (Apple Banitsa)
Although strudel is famous all over Europe, the Bulgarian version, commonly known as “Apple Banitsa,” adds a special twist to this traditional pastry.
Layers of delicate filo dough encase a delectable blend of sugar, cinnamon, crunchy walnuts and grated apples in the Bulgarian apple banitsa.
Since I love all types of savory and sweet pastries, banitsa sounds like an amazing recipe to try. It can be filled with various ingredients including cheese and spinach for a savory twist.
A popular chocolate delicacy in Bulgaria, Garash Cake was created by an Austro-Hungarian confectioner named Kosta Garash.
Typically, layers of walnut meringue sponge and chocolate cream filling make up this decadent delicacy.
This Bulgarian chocolate cake is a rich dessert that is enjoyed on many occasions and is sure to satisfy the demands of chocolate lovers.
If you’re a cake lover, you can also tour through other European cuisines to explore new ideas. For example, I loved these amazing Romanian cake recipes!
Plus, you should definitely give these tasty Ukrainian cakes a shot and let me know what you think about the flavors that define my region.
Kadaif, cataif or kadayif, is a sweet pastry made of shredded phyllo dough. The dough wraps around a filling of chopped nuts, most commonly pistachios or walnuts.
After kadaif is baked, you pour a sweet syrup over it, making it moist and sticky.
As evidence of its adaptability and broad appeal, Kadaif is popular not just in Bulgaria but also in the Middle East and several regions of the Mediterranean.
Baklava is a popular dessert in many Balkan and Middle Eastern culinary traditions, including Bulgarian.
It features layers of thin phyllo dough, and chopped nuts (commonly walnuts or pistachios), all sweetened with honey or syrup.
Baking the layers until they’re golden crisp makes for a rich, sweet pastry that’s satisfyingly crunchy.
Traditional Bulgarian pastries, known as kifli, come in both sweet and savory varieties.
Crescent-shaped dessert kifla is typically filled with almonds, fruit preserves, or a sweetened poppy seed mixture.
After baking, it’s coated with powdered sugar, which adds a subtle sweetness and makes it flaky and soft.
In Bulgaria, especially during celebrations, people love eating maslenki, little biscuits. Flour, sugar, eggs and butter (or lard) are common ingredients in these buttery cookies, which give them their signature crumbly texture.
Maslenki can be formed into a variety of shapes and adorned with powdered sugar or glaze. They’re also often filled with fruit jam.
I love it when the jam center is shaped like a heart or a star. It adds an extra touch of charm to these special treats.
Tahan Halva is a delightful treat enjoyed in Bulgaria and many other parts of the world. The basic ingredients are sugar, sesame butter or paste (tahini), and occasionally additional flavorings like cocoa or vanilla.
The end product has a distinct texture that is thick, sugary, and nutty. Sliced halva makes an amazing dessert or snack.
Sunflower halva is also popular in Bulgaria, and I’m more familiar with that version.
I’ve never actually eaten tahini halva before, but I’m intrigued and ready to try it. Join me if you’re a fan of sweet, nutty treats!
Bulgarian cookies, known as orehovki, are made with ground walnuts, sugar, and egg whites. The dough is shaped into little circles and then baked until the cookies turn a beautiful brown color.
I tried making these amazing cookies at home and I can tell you that they’re super easy to bake! I flavored them with some vanilla but you can also try cinnamon.
Kozunak is a classic yeast-leavened Easter bread from Bulgaria and other parts of Eastern Europe.
This smooth, slightly sweet bread is made with flour, eggs, milk, butter, and sugar. Adding raisins, lemon zest, rum and vanilla enhances its taste and aroma.
Before baking, braided or twisted kozunak is often sprinkled with some almond flakes.
This type of aromatic bread is also popular in Romania (where it’s known as “Cozonac”) among other traditional Romanian desserts you can try!
Now it’s time to share which Bulgarian dessert won my heart. Drum roll, please!
It’s none other than the Pumpkin Banitsa with Walnuts. It’s just something about the spice-kissed pumpkin filling that I couldn’t resist!
11 Best Bulgarian Desserts (Baklava, Tikvenik and more!)
- Mekitsa (Bulgarian Fried Dough)
- Tikvenik (Pumpkin Banitsa)
- Shtrudel (Apple Banitsa)
- Garash Cake
- Tahan Halva