Baklava ducan, traditional Bosnian baklava from Sarajevo!
With a determination to continue Bosnian-Herzegovinian tradition, we offer you authentic local desserts made to recipes which date back over 200 years. Traditional recipes were jealously guarded in family circles and passed down through the generations, as was the case with recipes in our family. In order to achieve the highest quality possible, all our desserts are 100% handmade with much love and passion by using hand stretched filo pastry and the highest quality ingredients.
We are especially proud to offer you Dzandar baklava, which we call “baklava of all baklavas”! Preparing Dzandar baklava is a process which takes at least three days, demanding much patience and skill. Written sources about its origins do not exist, but we are the third generation in our family to make this wonderful traditional dessert.
Relish our baklavas and be certain that you are tasting the best, unforgettable, unique Bosnian baklava will take you back to Sarajevo with every bite.
Sarajevo sugar lokum PKG 5pcs
Sarajevo sugar lokum – traditional Bosnian dessert, usually served with coffee. There is a custom that when you travel, you take sugar lokum and eat it on your break, to rest your mind and soul. Sugar lokum is made with butter, so it melts in mouth when you eat it.
Dzandar baklava walnut
Dzandar baklava walnut – The authentic traditional and unique baklava of Sarajevo, which you will find no where else in the world. We call it “Baklava above all baklavas”! It takes up to three days just to make this special dessert, and lots of love and devotion. Its taste is unique and unforgetable, and something that you will remember Sarajevo by.
Carefully piled hand stretched phyllo dough with lots of walnuts and a little bit of “tirit” (tirit – crumbs made of of flour, egg yolks and butter) for softness. Sarajevo baklava is a true festive dessert, rich and full of flavor.
It was named after a form that resembles a rose, but the taste and smell of them is more beautiful than roses. Our Ruzica is rich in nuts, and made with hand stretched phyllo as all our products.
Hurmadzik – traditional Bosnian cake, made according to old family recipes. Not hard but also not soft and mushy, just the right consistency.
Kadaif – Traditional Bosnian sweet, in Sarajevo usually made during month of Ramadan. In Bosnia we say that kadaif should be dry and moist at the same time. Be sure to try the best kadaif ever, as this is time limited offer in Baklava ducan.
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A must go if you are in Sarajevo!! The staff is friendly and explains the different types of baklava that they have: hazlenut, Walnut and almond along with different types. Then you can choose which you would like ( try them all! You won't regret it!) The restaurant is beautiful inside and has outside seating in the bustling old city. The only problem is you will be wanting more the minute you leave. Such a nice place to enjoy the famous Sarajevo dessert!
13. July 2019.
I was in Baklava Ducan back in October and bought Zhandar, regular (Sarajevo) baklava and rose shaped phyllo. Hard to say which one is better but for the rest of the family Zhandar is the winner. This is unique store comparing to all others, an artisan place in the real sense. While all other places tend to occupy larger space Ducan is rather small – while other tend to offer extensive list of pastries, cakes and drinks, Ducan is comfortable with making six or seven traditional Bosnian sweets – and that’s it. Sarajevo baklava is likely the best baklava that I have ever tried in my life. My first taste was butter – nice creamy aroma. Not burned but smooth buttery flavour. Good quality butter is used in baklava making process to sprinkle each phyllo layer first. Ducan’s walnuts are not grounded but chopped in very small pieces and spread equally in each layer - their phyllo is super thin and crisp – their sweet liquid is not too sweet and overpowering, it’s just right. All these details are very important because ground nuts tend to absorb sweet liquid (agda) poured over baklava and make baklava soggy – if phyllo is not properly dry and thin it tends to absorb liquid as well and disintegrate. Ducan’s baklava is not “swimming” in liquid like all others. Realistically their products should be priced more and in line with the quality of their ingredients. My guess is that they do not rush to make 20 or more pastries daily, they dedicate their time to each phase and each product, no shortcuts. Result is superior product no questions about that. So dear chef, congratulation, hats off to you. I have tried many Turkish baklavas and I was not impressed. They are too small, too soggy, dripping in liquid, not sweet enough, or way too sweet, no buttery taste before or after, way too little nuts in them, located only in the middle. However that is separate topic and I could be bias for being from Bosnia. Baklava for me is special sweet – it was always expensive to make, it takes time and effort and it was usually prepared for special occasions (religious, weddings, special celebrations). My grandmother used to bake phyllo and dry for days, select walnuts by hand, order butter from trusted source… On personal note I am particularly proud that Ducan is not making their baklavas with pistachios. Pistachios are not native of Bosnia. We never have them. Nowadays other pastry shops in Sarajevo are making and selling baklavas with pistachios. I cannot tell store owners how to run their own business but if I am in Italy, France or elsewhere I prefer to eat local specialties and drink their wine or beer. I am pretty certain that all tourists feel the same. We used to have numerous artisan stores similar to Ducan in my hometown and other cities across the Bosnia and Herzegovina before the last war. Bakeries, ice cream and pastry shops, chevapi, burek, ascinica’s (small restaurants specialized in local comfort foods), shoemakers, tailors, jewellers etc. They are all gone and they will never be back. By some miracle Ducan tradition survived. In the time when all regions across the Europe are proud of their heritage and eager to protect their local traditions, Ducan unique story and business model inspired me to write this lengthy review. I wish them all the best.
8. December 2019.