Colorful autumn days with fine dishes from Slavonia and Podravina

From Virovitica, Pitomača and Slatina to Orahovica, the finest dishes are prepared that will lift the mood and make a feast out of an ordinary lunch.

Break the autumn depression by preparing delicious meals by original recipes of Slavonia and Podravina. This gourmet oasis is home to excellent chefs and confectioners, professionals and amateurs, and master secrets are passed down from generation to generation and adapted to modern trends.

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For an appetizer, we suggest a fine spread of cracklings that you can eat at any time of the year, then a hot hearty pumpkin soup that will warm the stomach, for the main course a light risotto with aromatic mushrooms, and finally an irresistible chestnut cake. After a lunch like this, autumn will get a whole new meaning. We found inspiration in the original online cookbook Gastro trip through Virovitica-Podravina County.

If you like to cook, you will enjoy the preparation of these great dishes, and if you are a gourmet or do not manage in the kitchen, we best suggest a gourmet trip to Slavonia and Podravina. Discover how the best do it already October 23 and 24 at the attractive Fruit Chestnut Festival on which the biggest chestnut cake will be traditionally prepared by the award-winning confectioner Sandra Jadek. Or On October 23, jump to the Chestnut Festival in Orahovica on which more than 250 kilograms of chestnuts are roasted.

Lick your fingers!

Chestnut cake from the cookbook Gastro trip through Virovitica-Podravina County

ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 200 grams of chestnut puree at room temperature
  • 150 grams of ground nuts as desired
  • 100 grams of room temperature butter
  • A pinch of salt
  • Half baking powder
  • A teaspoon of vanilla flavoring
  • Sweet whipping cream for decorating

<strong>Preparation: </strong>
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a 20 cm diameter mold with greaseproof baking paper and grease the sides. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and mix together the egg yolks and sugar until white. Add chestnut puree, ground nuts and butter, baking powder and vanilla flavoring. Mix to combine everything. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Using a spatula, gently stir the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture. Pour the resulting mixture into a mold and bake for about fifty minutes. Cool the cake and decorate it with whipped cream as desired.

Cover photo: Matija Turkalj / Virovitica-Podravina County Tourist Board

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