Prekmurska gibanica

Prekmurska gibanica (Prekmurje layer pastry) is a type of Slovenian gibanica or layered pastry.[1] It contains poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins and quark fillings. Although native to Prekmurje, it has achieved the status of a national specialty of Slovenia. The unique sweetmeat shows the variety of agriculture in this region. The name gibanica comes from the dialect expression güba and in this case refers to a fold.

Prekmurska gibanica
TypeLayer pastry, gibanica
Place of originSlovenia
Region or statePrekmurje
Main ingredientsFlour, poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins, and quark
Other informationTSG


For centuries, prekmurska gibanica was served as a festive and ritual dish in Prekmurje. The exact origin of the recipe is not clear. Early sources suggest that it evolved over centuries. The oldest extant document (1828) by József Kossics described a wedding (Prekmurje dialect: gostüvanje) as never being held without gibanica, which is done as follows: "The dough is rolled until thin, sprinkled with grated cabbage, turnips, or quark. All is covered by second layer of dough. It is sprinkled as previously. 10 or 11 such layers are thus composed and form a conspicuous cake [sic]."[2]

Prekmurska gibanica was chosen to represent Slovenia in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, on Europe Day 2006. In March 2010, the EU gave prekmurska gibanica Protected Geographical Status within Europe.[3]

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  1. ^ Bogataj, Janez. Taste Slovenia (PDF). Slovenian Tourist Board. p. 12. COBISS 236846848.
  2. ^ Taste Slovenia. Bogataj Janez, 2007. Rokus Gifts. ISBN 978-961-6531-39-9
  3. ^ Prekmurska gibanica - Profile, European Commission (Accessed 19.Jul.2010)

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