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PHOTO + RECIPE | Our nonna's recipe for delicious hrostule

Our nonnas (grandmothers) hold the secrets to many delicious meals which made our childhoods so happy and sweet and our stomachs so full. One by one, we try to write them down so one day, we can make some for our own grandchildren and pass the tradition onto them. Luckily, as our nonnas grow older, they are more willingful to pass the recipes on.

Here’s one of our favorite recipes, for a pastry which gets eaten so fast one wonders was it even worth the trouble and many hours it took to make it. But it was. It always is. So, here’s a recipe of one nonna from Pučišća, for hrostule, hrustule, or hroštule.

WHAT YOU NEED

× eggs (depends on the number of people you want to make them for, 1 egg is enough for 2 people)

× rakija (homemade, of course)

× flour

× sugar (both granulated and powder)

× pork fat

× rum or some other aroma, or as nonna likes to say “smell” (usually pear extract)

× pinch of salt

× lemon or orange peal

Old recipes usually don’t include specific quantities, especially for flour, so you’ll have to be a bit creative and intuitive in deciding how much of it to use. For flour, our nonna likes to say – “as much as it drinks!”. When it comes to this recipe, quantities depend on the number of eggs – if you use 3 eggs, then use 3 tablespoons of rakija , 3 tablespoons of sugar, etc. 

(1) Mix egg yolks with sugar, rakija and fat. Mix egg whites and add to the previous mixture. After mixing it together, add flour “as much as it drinks” or as you deem necessary, until the dough is nice and soft. It shouldn’t be hard to roll out the dough, so don’t use too much flour. Leave it covered for half an hour and then proceed to step two.

(2) Divide the dough into smaller pieces (usually 4 smaller balls), and roll out the first one. Try to make it as thin as possible, without the dough breaking. If needed, add a bit flour on it. Cut it into 1.5 cm wide strips and lay them on a kitchen towel.

(3) Heat up a big pot of oil for deep frying and carefully add the strips into the oil. Before putting them in, try to make a small bow out of the strip.

(4) It doesn’t take long to fry it, so be careful they don’t burn. Take them out and put them in colander which you put on top of another pot, to collect excess oil and for them to dry a bit.

(5) When they cool down a bit, transfer them in a bowl and sprinkle them with fine sugar.

(6) Our nonna says that you know you made good hrustule if they have these small bubbles on them.

Dobar tek! Let us know if you used this recipe and how it turned out! #bestofbrac

Frequently asked questions

Ok, so I got to the island. What now?

Ah, our favourite question. 🙂 Here are just some ideas!

#1 EAT.

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#2 SLEEP.

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I really want to visit Brač! How do I do that?!

Brač is an island which can be reached by sea and air. Here are some basics.

BY SEA ///

There are two ferry lines connecting Brač with a land.

First is in Supetar, connecting Brač with Split, and the second is on Sumartin, connecting Brač with Makarska. There is a third port that can be reached by regular local boat lines, and that is Bol, on the south part of the island. Here, you can reach Brač from Split, or from a neighbouring island Hvar. More information about ferry lines and timetables you may find here.

Also, if you own or rent boats, you may just sail into any place on island Brač. We suggest Brač Deluxe for transfers!

BY AIR ///

Brač has its own small airport, situated in the middle of the island. More and more flights are introduced each year, and all the necessary information you may find on the airport’s website. If you need transportation from the airport to any other place on the island, may we suggest contacting some of the #bestofbrac service providers, such as Taxi Peša, Brač DeluxeRent a Motorino or M&B rent. Check them out!

Once you’re on the island, rent a car, use taxis or local transportation. For online booking with discount, click here.

All the emergency numbers you might need but we hope you won’t!

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Mladena Vodanovića 25 – 21 400 Supetar
+385 21 631 145 / 112

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+ 385 21 640 014 / 112

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