Zagreb

Rudarska greblica

more than a year ago
The town of Samobor and its small surrounding villages with their green meadows and hills truly are a wonderful getaway from the craze the main city has to offer. Such places still hold onto much tradition when it comes to crafts, folk dance, costume and food. Speaking of the latter, one classic food that has stood the test of time even since the 20th century is the rudarska greblica. These are types of pastry snacks that miners would take with them down mines knowing that they would have to be there for many hours without pause. These could last hours; they didn’t need to be kept in a fridge and gave miners lots of energy for their hard labour. Probably still a poor man’s meal, people had little to choose from back then and all that villages had to offer were more often than not flour, salt, eggs, milk, cream and other dairy. Decades later, such pastry snacks from the area thrive in cafes and restaurants and are a true delicacy.
Now you may be wondering where you could buy such a traditional pastry snack. Low and behold, the eatery and patisserie Mak Na Konac in the street Popa Dukljanina 1, has it on offer. Pastry chef Petra Jelinić, who happens to be from the Samobor area, works up some amazing greblice along with cookies, cakes, macaroons, biscuits and other pastry delights; so there’s a fine line for those who prefer the sweeter to the saltier types of goodies. Petra is almost an art chef with attention paid to detail. We do recommend the čvarkuše also, a classic type of soft scon with minced pork rind added to the dough leaving a blend of soft salt on the palette. The interior is elegant with a modern rustic feel, lots of wooden interior mixed with green giving a natural feel. There is plenty to choose, so you can’t lose!

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