Prekmurska gibanica

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Prekmurska gibanica
Type Layer cake, Gibanica
Place of origin Slovenia
Region or state Prekmurje
Main ingredients Flour, poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins, and ricotta
Cookbook: Prekmurska gibanica  Media: Prekmurska gibanica

Prekmurska gibanica (Prekmurian layer cake) is a type of Slovenian gibanica or layered cake.[1] It contains poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins and ricotta fillings. Although native to Prekmurje, it has achieved the status of a national specialty of Slovenia. The unique sweetmeat shows the variety of agriculture in this region. The name gibanica comes from dialectical expression güba and in this case refers to a fold.


For centuries prekmurska gibanica was served as a festive and ritual dish in Prekmurje. The exact origin of the recipe is not clear. Early sources suggest that it evolved over centuries. The oldest extant document (1828) by József Kossics described the wedding (Prekmurian dialect: Gostüvanje) never goes by without gibanica, which is done as follows: "The dough is rolled until thin, sprinkled with grated cabbage, turnips or ricotta. All is covered by second layer of dough. It is sprinkled as previously. 10 or 11 such layers are thus composed and form a conspicuous cake."[2]

The prekmurska gibanica was chosen to represent Slovenia in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, on Europe Day 2006. In March 2010, the EU gave Prekmurska gibanica Protected Geographical Status within Europe.[3]

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  1. ^ Bogataj, Janez. Taste Slovenia (PDF). Slovenian Tourist Board. p. 12. COBISS 236846848. 
  2. ^ Taste Slovenia. Bogataj Janez, 2007. Rokus Gifts. ISBN 978-961-6531-39-9
  3. ^ Prekmurska gibanica - Profile, European Commission (Accessed 19.Jul.2010)