I used to belong to an online writing community called Red Room. In December of 2011, we were asked to consider this question: What is the secret ingredient in your holiday traditions?
My answer: Potica, Bread of Memory.
Potica, a rich yeast bread, is probably Slovenia's most well known dish. My family's version is more pastry than bread. It's like the love child of brioche and baklava.
The secret ingredients are:
a refrigerated yeast dough made with sour cream
a simple, uncooked nut filling
a heavy hand with the honey
love, memory, and family
To see the complete essay, including a simple version of my family potica recipe, follow this link to the Red Room Archives.
For my most recent, step-by-step photo guide to potica, please go to my December 2012 blog post,