I have heard of Auntie Dragica’s kolac for years. Our first trip to Serbia, Dragana served a cake and everyone exclaimed, “œOh, Dragica’s kolac!” But she modestly declined that acknowledgement and everyone agreed it was only similar, but still delicious, of course! Then, Pava or Lori would make “œsimilar” concoctions, but I would always hear of how much superior Auntie Dragica’s was. Well, this year, I said I hoped she would make her famous cake as she would be at the little village when we were to visit. I assumed she would be coming for dinner. She wasn’t, but Pava made sure she mentioned my wish, and the second day there was a phone call and someone was summoned to go an pick up the cake she had made for us!
I was so excited, and when I saw it, so surprised. It looked nothing like any of the other cakes everyone was saying were similar to Dragica’s. The only similarity at all was that she uses a special little tea biscuit cookie as her crust, and the other similar cakes were layered with these biscuits. But, I must admit, hers was the best! She makes her own pudding that is light and lovely due to her hand beaten egg whites gently folded into it. She fills the cake and then lets it set, and covered it with cream and shaved chocolate.
I will be including her recipe soon, so everyone can enjoy this family delight. YUM! YUM! YUM!