With all the invasion of small bakeries in Croatia, some old tastes are getting lost. Pushed away from the shelves, they will soon just be part of our memories.
One of those is a round dry, pastry called Dalmatinski kolač or, as we all simply call it, kolač (cake in English)
Not sure when it was invented but it was definitely around for a while as I remember my grandparents dipping it in their white coffee in the morning. Also, it was part of bread section back in old grocery stores. About 10 pieces would be tied by rope going through the holes and it was usually seen hanging on the side of a bread shelf. Back in those days we did not have dozens of bread types and all sorts of cakes and pastry, kolač was one of the sweetest things you could get. It was not something to eat of the shelf: it was quite dry, sturdy and prepared to be dipped in one’s morning coffee, milk. Some folks were even dipping it in red wine… It was baked to last as people did not have too many options for buying bread just everywhere like today and storing food was a problem.
It is produced by bread factory in Zadar and not sure if it is known anywhere else but in this region.
So, few weeks back, when my cousin bought it in a small store in Pašman, I was thrilled and gave it to my kids just to have a taste of it before it is gone. I nearly forgot about as I was not seeing it in the stores but now, when I know it is still there, I will be getting it occasionally. Just to be my own, personal “Madeleine cookie” bringing back memories.