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ashii Dec 23, 2010 05:09 PM

Im looking for potica bread, i know lunds and byerlys carries some -kinda. The stuff i have found here in the twin cities is strange shaped, flat and fairly stale. Not soft, tall and sticky like stuff i can get way up north (hibbing).

Im looking for some non-prepackaged potica-walnut. Any ideas where i can get it in the twin cities?
Thanks!

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    faith Dec 23, 2010 09:24 PM

    it's a Slavic thing right? I'd be calling Kramarczuk's and asking...

    1. AnneInMpls Dec 23, 2010 10:29 PM

      As I understand it, potica is Slovenian/Slovak/Croatian/Czech. Kramarczuk's is a Ukrainian/Polish butcher & deli. I've never seen potica there, but who knows - definitely call and ask.

      But I think Hibbing is your best bet, actually...

      Anne

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        faith Dec 23, 2010 11:00 PM

        I didn't say Kramarczuk's had it, I said call and ask, yes... I'm not sure you're going to find it non-prepackaged in the Twin Cities, but do try and see what you can find..but I did find some online places that sell it that sounded good, like they were using very high quality ingredients and this wouldn't be like a package that sat on the shelf of Lund's for who knows how long...like this one-

        store.bubbashomebaked.com

        good luck, let us know how you fare...

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          The Dairy Queen Dec 23, 2010 11:38 PM

          I'd say it's worth a call, especially since potica is actually listed on their website. ;-) Looks good in the photo, but I don't know if it's what the OP is looking for in terms of being tall, soft and sticky enough. I can't imagine it would be stale, though. They bake it all themselves!

          http://www.kramarczuk.com/Bakery/Spec...

          ~TDQ

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            ashii Dec 24, 2010 06:30 AM

            Some Potica is made in a bread pan, so it stays tall and more moist. What they make at Kramarczuk is an example of one that is not, so it flattens out and becomes very dry by comparison- however it is not pre-packaged so im sure it must be better than what i have found at Lunds. But they are SOLD OUT! blast.

            Rocky Mountain also makes it very thin and in a bread pan, they way i learned to make it growing up. I should have just made it, but I ran out of time before the holiday season.

            Here is an example:
            http://www.sunrisegourmet.com/potica1...

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              getgot211 Dec 24, 2010 01:00 PM

              mind sharing a recipe?

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                Hibiscus3 Jan 3, 2011 01:39 PM

                I would love to have this recipe. I hear there is a lady who makes it from her home in Hibbing, MN. It is supposed to be the best around. It is expensive, but tasty. Would you care to share your recipe?

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          karykat Dec 24, 2010 09:58 AM

          In past years, I've seen it at Mississippi Market. A walnut version and I think another version too (poppyseed maybe?) Not sure if they have it this year since I really haven't looked.

          If MM has it, other coops may as well.

          The potica I've seen there comes from up north, I thought. But I do think the stuff I've seen is flat. And, of course, prepackaged.

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            karykat Dec 24, 2010 09:58 AM

            If you end up finding it, tell us where. Might be interesting to sample.

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              karykat Dec 24, 2010 10:03 AM

              Another idea for you: Jerabek's bakery. It is a Czech bakery. Their website indicates I think that they will entertain requests because their bakers don't like to get bored. I'm not sure if this is the same bakery that used to be on Rice St or Marion St. years ago. Now that I think about it, I used to get a potica type thing there that was wonderful.

              I know they've moved, a younger generation has taken over and they have a coffeeshop and cafe. Here's a link: http://www.jerabeks.com/about.htm

              May be worth checking out.

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                foreverhungry Dec 24, 2010 03:35 PM

                Kramarczuk's has it (at least they did a few years ago), but according to my potica loving GF, it's not very good. Sunrise Bakery makes great stuff - from Hibbing. Available at MPLS Farmer's Market and Lund's.

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                  karykat Dec 24, 2010 08:38 PM

                  I wonder if that's the stuff I've seen at the coop?

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                    clepro Dec 29, 2010 11:52 AM

                    What you've seen at the coop is Andrej's, from Chisholm. http://poticawalnut.com
                    I like it very much--especially right around now, when it's selling briskly so is fresh-- but I see that some don't, and that Shoo bee doo (who sounds like a real potica expert) says it's not in her preferred Serbian style. I'll be on the lookout now for Serbian style potica.

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                    ashii Dec 25, 2010 08:51 AM

                    Sunrise makes GREAT stuff and they will ship it... but they dont have it at Lunds.
                    Lunds carries some other stuff (similar prep to Kramarczuks-not very good/wrong recipe) which is made in Chisholm.

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                      stymie Dec 25, 2010 11:23 AM

                      I get the Sunrise Walnut potica at Byerlies (Ridgedal) in the frozen food section. We had some today. I grew up eating the Slovak version in NJ, we called it Kolache. Sunrise flavor is as good as Gram used to make.

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                    shoo bee doo Dec 25, 2010 06:57 PM

                    I grew up with potica on holidays in Hibbing. I feel like an expert.

                    My mother tried her hand at it when I was growing up and it was OK, but the really good stuff came from the immigrant Serbian, Croatian, and Slovenian grandmas around the Iron Range. My family preferred the Serbian style (thinner pastry like strudel) vs. the breadier Slovene style. Unfortunately, these ladies all died off and I've also been looking for the best potica like we used to have a long time ago.

                    Someone recommended the Slovenian Hall (Slovenske Dom) in Chisholm, but I have not yet persued that. I think I will be doing that.

                    The potica made by Andre's in Chisholm is not the old time potica we had growing up. Andre is from Slovakia who moved to Chisholm to marry and his walnut and poppyseed rolls are more like Polish rolls. This is what they sell at Kramarczuks and Lunds or Byerlys. I think this version is in the coops also.

                    Sunrise potica is OK, but far too sweet. I think they sell this at Byerlys and maybe the coops. There is also a bakery in Virginia MN that makes it, but I found that too sweet also.

                    My sister had some potica yesterday from a caterer in Hibbing. It looked good and I had high hopes, but it was underdone in the middle. Again, I need to pursue the best potica. I've seen some interesting place online, but there truly is a lot of history on the Iron Range. Just find the right people and the right connections.

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                    Byerly's
                    1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

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                      Brad Ballinger Dec 27, 2010 06:26 AM

                      Echoing what many have already mentioned, I think your best bet is to order direct from Sunrise in HIbbing. Or make your own. Of course, potica recipes are often closely-guarded and there can be severe competition about who makes the best potica.

                      I'm fortunate that every year my mother (who lives in Colorado but grew up on the Iron Range), has a woman who lives on the Iron Range make and ship me a potica every Christmas.

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                        pmikulay Dec 30, 2010 08:02 AM

                        mellow glaze bakery in south minneapolis has good potica my aunt called it kolach ???I have her recipe which is yummy made in a bread pan

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