Rich, tender with a full taste – Prekmurska Gibanica is not a light dessert. We could also say that Prekmurska Gibanica is a cake with the most layers possible. There is a pastry (filo or strudel) and it has layers of poppy seeds, apple filling, cottage cheese filling, walnut filling, and an optional topping such as sour cream. Some recipes include raisins in the apple layer, but if you deviate too far from the original recipe it can’t keep the same name as the name and ingredients are protected by law. After joining the European Union the Prekmurian layer cake was protected on a European level with the label ‘Traditional Speciality Guaranteed’.
Prekmurska Gibanica origin
Originally it hails from the easternmost province, Prekmurje. The oldest written source reaches as far back as the year 1828 when the priest, Jožef Kosič, compiled a text, which mentions the Gibanica as a special Prekmurian dish; which is a must at wedding festivities and is also served to workers after finishing a big project.