Croatian Recipes: Madarica {Layered Chocolate Slice}

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Croatian Recipes: Madarica {Layered Chocolate Slice}

This dessert is a real blast from the past for me and a real hit with all the children in our family. Back in Sydney, there was a Bakery that made Madarica the absolute best. That’s right, not even my mother could measure up to this bakery’s Madarica. Anytime we had a party the Madarica was purchased and all the children would scoff it down as soon as it hit the table.
 
If you find yourself in Croatia, the region of Slavonia is known for delicious Madarica, and other desserts, too!
 
If you aren’t traveling, have no fear. We’ve got a recipe you can whip up in your own kitchen. We love this chocolate slice and hope you do as well!
 
 

Madarica Ingredients

Madarica Cake Layers

  • 600 g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 220ml cream
  • 150 g sugar
  • 180 g butter

Madarica Filling

  • 1 Litre milk
  • 140 g butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 200 g chocolate
  • 5 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Madarica Glaze

  • 180 g chocolate
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 50 g butter
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Method For Making Madarica

Filling

Cook milk with sugar and vanilla until it boils. Take out a cup of milk and whisk the flour into the milk. Slowly pour in the flour and milk mixture into the boiling milk and continue to stir. Now turn down the heat and add the chocolate stir continuously until the chocolate melts and the filling thickens. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Put it aside and let the mixture cool. It should be completely cool before using it.

Cake Layers

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  2. Now you need to make a dough. Beat butter with sugar, egg whites and cream. Add sifted flour and baking powder and knead into a dough. Separate it into five equal parts and roll it out into rectangles. I usually use a cake tin as a template so I know the size and shape that I need to roll the dough. Also I also like to roll it on baking paper that way it’s easy to transfer the dough onto the baking tray. Roll the dough as thin as possible and place it on a baking tray ready for cooking.
  3. Bake layers one by one, each for 8-9 minutes. You want the layers to stay light in colour. Once baked put them on a flat surface and let them cool.

Glaze

Melt the chocolate with butter and oil over simmering water. When it’s well combined its ready.

Madarica Assembly

  1. Now it’s time to assemble the layers of the cake. First place one layer of the of the cooked dough onto a baking tray and then spread part of the filling on the cake.  Cover with the second layer of cooked dough and repeat. You need to end with the dough layer on top you can finish with the glaze. Now pour the glaze over the cake and then refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day cut into small rectangles and serve.

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Comments (82)

  1. Ich liebe die kroatische Küche sehr und würde gerne etwas nach backen, nur leider kann ich die Rezepte nicht in deutsch übersetzen lassen. Auch das Kopieren in einen Translator geht nicht…….schade…… Ist es nicht möglich, noch einen deutschen Button einzufügen? Oder dass ich zumindest die Rezepte heraus kopieren kann in den Translator? Ich würde mich sehr freuen, wenn Sie daran etwas ändern könnten.
    LG Britta

  2. I just made these last night. My only issue is that I rolled the dough incredibly thin and parts had cracked when I transferred the sheets onto the chocolate layer. Mum made these on special occasions. Mmmm

    1. YEAH YEAH, thanks you’ve pointed that our before BUT my keyboard does not have that letter and the text looks wonky on the image so please, no need to tell me that a 3rd time when this gets shared again.

    2. sorry, i have no bad intentions. btw, DJ instead of Đ is correct, even officially. madjarica, now we are talking 🙂

    1. In every house you aspecialy on birthdays or most of the restaurants have them to in Zagreb ,Dubrovnik sisak, but if you are in Melbourne. You can by some in Croatian coffe shopes

    1. You’d have to befriend a croatian ‘baka’! ? No bought version of this cake could ever compare with the homemade one. For me,at least..

  3. Sanja u pravu madjaricu ne ide ni single ni double cream fil se kuha od mleka brasna secera kakaa I cokolade ?

    1. Yes 200 and a bit more I am cake baker traditional Croatian cakes all kind based in London ?

  4. I can’t wait to try this! Can you write out “madarica” phonetically? I don’t want to pronounce it wrong when I serve it to my family 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Hmm… like this maybe “mah-dri-sah” The d is actually a đ which is a rolled kind of sound like the j sound in Jack.

    2. ma-ja-ree-tsa – and the stressing whilst pronouncing should be all flat, not stressing on “ree” as ma-ja-REE-tsa as then nobody would understand it:-) all flat -ma ja ree tsa, with small break between “ma” and the rest” as if it had been “ma-jareetsa” . This “ja” phonetically is as in “gia” like Giacomo:-)

  5. If you’re pressed for time, there is a cheat’s version where you use Arnotts Milk Coffee biscuits- the chocolate filling makes the biscuits turn soft so you dont even realise they’re biscuits

  6. One of my favourite cakes reminds me of my childhood…and finally I’ve mastered it!!! Gotta keep the tradition going!

  7. I don´t think I ever had madarica. My baka was a fantastic baker and created the most wonderful & delicious cakes but I don´t think she ever made this one. Pity.
    Ah well, I´ll have a decaf & a piece of (shop bought) almond cake now 😉

  8. This is what makes me think of my childhood. Memories of my Baka making this layer by layer. Sooooo good

      1. Back in Sydney, there was a Bakery that made Madarica the absolute best. That’s right, not even my mother could measure up to this bakeries Madarica. Anytime we had a party the Madarica was purchased and all the children would scoff it down as soon as it hit the table. We love this chocolate slice and hope you do as well.

        1. Yeah it was probably the same bakery we used to get it from when we lived there 😀 They had such nice even white lines…

          1. and back to my original comment/question… “which bakery did you purchase these in Sydney?” Which bakery were you referring to in this article… I assume you did write this blog?

  9. That looks absolutely delicious. I was surprised to see that the layers between the chocolate were not coconut, they sure look like it.

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