Kremna Rezina is a cube-shaped traditional pastry found in the town Bled of the Julian Alps in Slovenia. It is a local speciality of the Lake Bled area and is also known as kremsnita by the local people. The Bled cream cake is known for its lighter-than-air texture and is a perfect dessert as a company for the scenic landscape of Bled. The origin of the cake is unknown, but it dates back to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. There are different varieties of it spread all over Central Europe.
Read on to learn more about this traditional bread from Slovenia.
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The ''cream slice'' pastry is also known as kremšnita by the local people. Kremna Rezina was invented by the confectionary chef from Serbia, Ištvan Lukačević, at the Hotel Park in 1935. The chef reshaped the Hungarian cream cake, and the dessert from the novel recipe was presented to the public.
After that, it has remained a hit. More than 15 million slices have been sold since 1935. The sales during summers or tourist season surge up to 2000-3500 slices sold daily.
Intriguingly, the original Kremna Rezina is said to be folded seven times, the vanilla custard is cooked for 7 minutes exactly, and the cake is sliced into a proper trim of seven-by-seven centimetres per square. It's not just a scrumptious treat but a piece of art itself!
Kremna Rezina Recipe
- 500g of puff pastry
- 8 eggs
- 200g of sugar for egg yolks
- 200g of sugar for white yolks
- 30g of vanilla sugar
- 200g of cornstarch
- 1 liter milk
- 1 tsp of rum
- 500ml of water
- Salt - 1 tsp
- 100 g flour
- 50g caster sugar
- Baking pan with removable sides (36×30 cm)
- Large whisk
- Serrated knife
Method for Crispy Base
1. Take 250g of puff pastry. Sprinkle some flour on the surface to avoid stickiness while rolling. Now, roll the dough into four sides to form a square of 36×30 cm.
2. Lay the dough into the greased baking pan, and cut the dough into small squares of 6×6 cm. Cut the edges that don't fit into the pan.
3. Pork the dough with a fork to avoid formation of air bubbles. Bake the dough for 15 minutes in the microwave at 200°C. Allow it to cool. Take the cutter and cut the dough into square pieces.
4. Take another 250g of dough. Follow the same method. Do not cut it into pieces. Bake it for 15 minutes at 200°C. Allow it to cool.
Method for Fluffy Cream or Krema
1. Take eggs and separate the egg yolks and egg whites into different jars.
2. Add 200g of sugar and 30g of vanilla sugar in the egg yolk bowl. Mix it well with the large whisk. Next, add 500ml of milk to the bowl. Keep stirring. Add 200g of cornstarch and 150g of strong flour. And mix it well until the texture is thick and bubbly.
3. Add 1 litre of milk into 500ml water and boil it at medium heat. Pour the prepared mix into boiling milk and stir constantly. After 5-6 minutes of continuous stirring, the contents become thick. Don't overcook it; remove it from the heat as soon as the texture is smooth and even.
4. Take the egg whites bowl. Add two pinches of salt. Stir with an electric mixer. Add 200g of sugar gradually and mix it with the electric mixer for 3 minutes until it becomes foamy.
5. Mix both the creams - egg yolk and egg white cream- and mix them well.
The Final Process
1. Take the one-piece baked dough and evenly put the egg cream on it. Allow it to rest at room temperature for a while. And put it in the fridge for 5 hours.
2. Meanwhile, stir the milk with the help of an electric mixer to make whipped cream. Add the caster sugar and mix well.
3. Remove the sides of the baking pan. Put the whipped cream on the frozen egg cream. Put another layer of dough (cut into pieces) on the cream to cover it.
3. Cut a knife into even slices, serve it, and savour the delicious Kremna Rezina.
Kremna Rezina has garnered worldwide attention and is a must-savour treat for tourists. The cake is a celebrated dessert and is synonymous with the town of Bled. The tourists indeed visit the town, if not to stay, then taste the most famous desert of Central Europe. Over the years, it has become symbolic not only of the Hotel Park but also an essential part of the culture of the destination.
What is kremna rezina made of?
It is made of puff pastry, eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla sugar, corn starch, whipped cream and caster sugar.
Where did the kremšnita come from?
The kremšnita comes from the town of Bled, Slovenia, a country in Central Europe.
What is kremšnita in English?
Kremšnita in English means ''slice cream''.
Is kremšnita Slovenian?
Yes, kremšnita is a Slovenian dessert. However, you can find it in various forms across Central Europe and the Balkans.