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Croatian Christmas Recipe: Kroštule

Kroštule are popular at Christmas time (Photo: Marcin Floryan)

Kroštule, originating from Dalmatian and Istria regions of Croatia, are a traditional pastry and are popular at Christmas time. 

They are a traditional sweet crisp pastry made out of dough that have been shaped into twisted ribbons before being deep-fried and  and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Check out this recipe below.


Flour – 200 g

Sugar – 50 g

Egg yolks – 3

Oil – 100 ml

Rakija – 80 ml

Milk –  150 ml

Lemon – 1/2 skin

Oil – 500 ml for frying

Icing sugar – 100 g

Salt – 1 pinch

Kroštule (Fini recepti)


1. In a bowl mix together the egg yolks, sugar, milk, oil, rakija, pinch of salt and grated lemon skin.

2. Add flour then to the mixture, mixing well with a spatula. On a board, sprinkled with flour, mix the dough with your hands till its semi-hard.

3. With a rolling pin roll out the dough to 5 mm rectangular sheets. With a pastry wheel cut out strips 10 x 3 cm in size.

4. With a little knife cut a little part in the centre and through the opening pull the other end of the pastry through.

5. Deep-fry until golden in colour.

Once done take out and sprinkle some icing sugar on top.

Check out the video instructions below:

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