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Traditional Bulgarian Desserts

Mliako s oriz - Bulgarian rice pudding

Mliako s oriz – traditional Bulgarian rice pudding

Tikvenik - traditional Bulgarian sweet pumpkin pastry

Tikvenik – traditional Bulgarian sweet pumpkin pastry

Honey and walnuts baked apples

Pecheni yabalki s med i orehi – Honey Walnut Baked Apples

Roast pumpkin with honey and walnuts

Roast pumpkin with honey and walnuts


8 comments to Traditional Bulgarian Desserts

  • Brian

    I would like to know if you have ever made a Bulgarian dessert called Baniesia ? I have been told it is a baked small square pastry with a sweet cheese center. Could you help me out with what is the pastry exterior Cresent, yeast dough, puff,or Phillo ? What kinds of fillings ? Ect Thank you

  • Cinderella

    I believe your thinking of Banitsa. It’s not a dessert. They usually eat this at breakfast. It’s made with phyllo dough, sirene white cheese basically Bulgarian Feta cheese, eggs, butter. If you go to findbgfood they have recipes for this and many other Bulgarian foods. Hope this was helpful.


  • Brian

    Thank You Ciderella,
    I finally got the correct spelling and was able to create this breakfast item. It is quite plain in one recipe I utililized and slightly more festive when I used a tomato/bazil Feta along with a greek yogurt. It was pretty tasty and was quite unique! Thanks again for the assist

  • Malachite

    i would like to know are there any other puddings? custards? besides this and the caramel one?

  • Nancy

    I am looking for bulgarian cookie recipes to make as a gift for my friend.

    • Jendy Hays

      I am also interested in Bulgarian cookies. Our church is hosting a missionary from Bulgaria and I am in charge of getting desserts.

  • poopy potty

    im looking for a good bulgarian desert for my world cultures class that everyone will like?… Any suggestions?

  • Tina

    Hello, Poopy Potty! I can recommended you some Bulgarian desserts. One of them is Saraliyska banitsa.

    2 lbs flour,
    1/2 cup walnut kernels,
    4 cups sugar,
    6 cups water,
    pinch of salt,
    2 tbsp butter.


    Combine the flour, salt and 3 cups water and knead a medium-hard dough. Roll into thin sheets (makes about 10). You can also use filo dough sheets from the store instead. Baste each sheet with butter and top with crushed walnut kernels. Roll the sheet and arrange either lengthwise or in a circle in a better-lined dish. Bake for about 35 mins in 375 F oven. After it has cooled pour over the hot syrup made from combining sugar, 3 cups of water and vanilla.

    Very typical for my country is Banitsa with apples and walnuts or pumpkin and walnuts. It’s very simple and easy. You need Phyllo Dough, melted butter, cinnamon, walnuts, sugar, and apples or sweet pumpkin. Grate the apples or pumpkin, squeeze them well for the juice to come out and mixed it with a cinnamon, sugar, walnuts. After it you have to sprinkle any sheets with melted butter, apple/pumpkin and a bit of sugar. In a baking pan coated with butter you put the sheets ( each of them folded in roll). Sprinkle little bit more of the butter on the top of the Banitsa and bake it for 40-50 min in 250C.

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