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Prijesnac: a delicious cheese pastry from Trebinje, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Published on 16 Jun 2023

A traditional and tasty pastry from Trebinje that has endured the passage of time and is still popular today.

This traditional food is still very often prepared by Herzegovinian homemakers. The original prijesnac were made with a special cheese, called “škripavac”, that cannot be preserved for too long. However, nowadays it is possible to eat very good prijesnac made also with other kind of cheese.



4 eggs
0,5 dl oil
150 gr butter
500 gr cheese
200 gr sour cream
10 tablespoon flour
1 baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 dl milk
150 gr dry cheese (optional)


Beat the eggs and add some fresh cheese, sour cream, milk, oil, and salt. Melt the butter and pour half of it on the baking tray, add the other half to the mix oof cheese, eggs, sour cream, milk, oil and salt. Preheat the oven at 250°C, but bake the pastry at a lower temperature: 200°C.  It is ready when it is golden in colour. Eat it when it is still hot and serve it with. Enjoy!

This recipe is a contribution from Trebinje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to #Cook4Heritage, an initiative launched by TExTOUR on the occasion of Sustainable Gastronomy Day to highlight the profound connection between sustainable gastronomy, local recipes and ingredients, and the rich tapestry of cultural diversity found across the globe.

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