What makes a unique pastry in Sarajevo

What makes a unique pastry in Sarajevo

On Wednesday, a dear guest arrived in Ramadan, the holiest month of every Muslim, and Thursday was the first day of fasting.

A well-known smell spreads through the neighborhoods of Sarajevo before the smell of Sarajevo flatbreads somuni. In the next 29 days, many will enjoy this piece of favorite pastry, which is an essential part of every Ramadan meal.

From Bjelave, Vrbanjusa and Vratnik to Bistrik and Alifakovac, almost every neighborhood in Sarajevo has a bakery with a long tradition. The masters of this craft will add another factor, no less important than the recipe. Flatbread must be baked in the traditional way in wood-fired bread ovens!

The journalists decided to look for answers in the bakery Bjelave in the Sarajevo street and neighborhood of the same name, which is better known as the Krunic bakery among the citizens, especially the people from Bjelave and Mejtas.

It can happen that some people can't take flatbread because they are all sold! The owner Zdravko Krunic explained why.

The tradition, first of all, Krunic told in a rush while he is already baking flatbreads.

The warm flatbread is lightly brushed with water for a practical and simple reason.

A little flour can stay on a flatbread, and it looks much nicer, Krunic reveals, while his son carries the finished flatbreads on old traditional wooden boards to the more beautiful part of the shelves.

How important flatbread is, is best illustrated by the fact that the owners of the most famous places with cevapi carefully choose which baker they buy this pastry from. Their collaborations last a long time. Radio Sarajevo writes that each flatbread must have the same shape, thickness, and weight as each flatbread.