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Eat Like a Local in Croatia: Samobor

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Samobor (Photo: Epepe/CC BY-SA 4.0)

Indulging in the vibrant flavours and rich culinary traditions of a foreign land is one of the most delightful experiences for any traveller. In Croatia, immersing oneself in the local cuisine specific to a destination is an essential aspect of the journey. 

With its diverse regional specialties and an array of delectable dishes, Croatia is a culinary haven waiting to be explored. To assist visitors in savouring the authentic flavours of Croatia, Croatia Week introduces a new series that delves into the country’s gastronomic treasures. 

This series will take you on a culinary expedition across various destinations in Croatia, unveiling a local delicacy that makes each place unique.

First up we went to Skradin, and then headed south to the island of Vis. Next we stop into Samobor. 

Samobor is a quaint town located west of Zagreb, between the eastern slopes of the Samobor hills, the eastern part of Žumberak Mountains, in the Sava River valley.

It is not only known for its picturesque landscapes and rich history but also for its famous culinary delight, the Samoborska kremšnita. This delectable custard cream slice has gained such prominence that it has now been legally protected as an autochthonous Samobor or Croatian brand and is an intangible cultural property of Croatia. 

The Samoborska kremšnita is a treat that combines the lightness of puff pastry with the richness of custard cream and beaten egg whites. While variations of this dessert exist throughout Europe, the Samobor version has earned a special place in the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike.

The original recipe for Samoborska kremšnita was conceived in the 1920s by the talented confectioner, Đuro Lukačić. He lovingly prepared these delectable slices until 1966 when he passed down his recipe and knowledge to two skilled confectioners, Višnja Vukmanović and Branka Žganjer. 

These two culinary artisans faithfully carried on the tradition and imparted their expertise to Kavana Livadić and the pastry shop U prolazu in Samobor. These establishments are proud holders of the intangible cultural property designation and have become custodians of this cherished recipe.

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The tradition of making Samoborska kremšnita is diligently preserved in Kavana Livadić and U prolazu. Visitors to Samobor are treated to an authentic experience as they indulge in this iconic dessert. The combination of the flaky pastry, velvety custard cream, and the dedication of the pastry chefs creates a truly delightful culinary experience.

Kavana Livadić

Not only is Samoborska kremšnita a beloved treat among locals, but it has also become a sought-after delicacy for tourists exploring the beauty of Samobor. 

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