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Bake the traditional Brač cake – hrapoćuša!

Dol, island of Brac


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Bake the traditional Brač cake - hrapoćuša!

This is a story about Dol’s hrapoćuša, which explains how to prepare the island of Brač’s traditional cake. It is also a story about the magnificent climate of Dol, the ecological and ethnological village that shaped the mentality of its people whose activities have enriched everyday life there and whose aforementioned skills are worthy of being included in the Croatian Republic’s Ministry of Culture’s list of protected cultural heritage. The Dol cake is unique for its rough and rustic appearance and was named after the local stone, hrapoćuša. to which this sweet is reminiscent. This is a rough reddish colored stone used in the construction of stone walls as well as in residential and commercial complexes.

No wedding or important celebration in Dol could take place without the hrapoćuša. Every woman jealously guards her recipe and that secret is passed to the younger generations by means of oral tradition. No written recipe existed for the cake although thanks to its ingredients are also known as the sweet Brač aphrodisiac.

Hrapoćuša Night has been taking place since 2010, on August, 16, as part of the Feast of St. Roch. This event should not be missed when planning summer events on our island.

We, therefore, invite you to visit Dol, taste the hrapoćuša, and take a part of this particular story away with you!

Traditional recipe

Ingredients for 12 portions:

For the sponge:

12 egg yolks

4 egg whites

12 spoons of sugar

4 spoons of warm water

12 spoons of flour

some rum

vanilla to taste

grated lemon zest

For the sauce:

half a kilogram of sugar

¾ kg halved walnuts

8 egg whites

Mix the twelve yolks, four whites, and twelve tablespoons of sugar for the sponge and add four tablespoons of warm water, twelve tablespoons of flour, some rum, vanilla, and grated lemon zest. Take the mixture and bake it in a cake mold.  Heat half a kilo of sugar, 3/4 kilo of halved walnuts (leaving a few aside to decorate), and add the eight egg whites. When this becomes golden, carefully pour the mixture onto the prepared and cooled sponge covering it completely, on the top and sides.Place the finished cake in a warm oven to dry.

Frequently asked questions

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

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

#1 EAT.

We’ve gathered only the best of the best restaurants, taverns, farms etc. to give you the opportunity to enjoy only the best island food, made from fresh, local ingredients. Check out our selection at gastronomy section of our website.

#2 SLEEP.

Do as locals do – eat well, sleep well! Again, only the best of Brač accommodation awaits you on our website, gathered under Accommodation section. Feel like royalty while you’re here!

#3 HAVE FUN.

There’s so much to see and do, all around Croatia, this truly amazing country. But, there’s even more of this awesomeness on island Brač! Here you’ll find dragons, Hercules, night sailing, poetry reading, electric dancing, graffiti painting, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it! So, here’s an idea. Browse through or culture section, plan some morning activities, go swimming in some of our beautiful villages, and the check the calendar to plan your night!

#4 AND MORE FUN.

You want more? Glad to hear it, cause there’s always something else to do on Brač! Choose your adventure, book a boat, safari tour, sightseeing or something more dangerous – Brač has it all!

#5 GET BRAČ PASS.

To enjoy yourself to the fullest, get yourself a copy of Brač Pass – interactive tour guide, with lots of discounts, interesting facts and prizes you can win!

* For getting around the island, we suggest using the local transportation. Click here for online booking with a discount!

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!

POLICIJSKA POSTAJA BRAČ // POLICE STATION BRAČ

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

DOM ZDRAVLJA SUPETAR, HITNA POMOĆ // HOSPITAL, ER

Mladena Vodanovića 24 – 21 400 Supetar
+ 385 21 630 959

HRVATSKA GORSKA SLUŽBA SPAŠAVANJA // CROATIAN MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICES

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