Recipes and Ruminations of a Freelance Eater

Recipes and Ruminations of a Freelance Eater


Mum made kifli the other day.

So I thought I’d photograph the event and share it with you all.

Kifli is an Eastern European sweet treat that is made by rolling biscuit dough over a dollop of jam.

These little crescent delights are not exclusively Croatian, as my research uncovered, but this here is a Croatian recipe given to my mum .
These biscuits are so good they disappear from any kitchen bench in record time. I remember having friends from school over who would look at these biscuits in curiosity and go on to eat their fair share!

My whole family truly loves these biscuits, and I am lucky enough that my mum is still motivated enough to bake these wonderful treats for everyone. I have not yet attempted this recipe…and don’t anticipate I will have to as long as mum is there to spoil us all!

Kifli Recipe


5 cups SR flour

3 eggs

1 cup SR Cream

125g butter 1 cup sugar

Jam (one that is very solid, not at all runny)



Mix softened butter with sour cream and beat in eggs.

Add sugar and flour, mix well.

When combined, put out on a floured bench and knead for a few minutes, so it all comes together nicely.

Roll into a log shape and cut into 5 equal pieces.

Roll each one out like a pizza, about a 1/4 inch thick (about 5mm).

Cut into 16 wedge shaped slices,sort of like you would slice a pizza. (see photo)

Place a tsp of jam on the thick edge of the wedge and roll up.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

5 thoughts on “Kifli”

  • Hi:
    I was surprised to read a recipe for Kifli on your blog. Isn’t this Hungarian? The reason that I ask is because I am looking for authentic Hungarian recipes that I can put into a binder that I can give to my daughter as a gift before I am gone. I want her to understand her Hungarian Heritage and have a rememberance of me. Could you help me? Thanks for your time.

    • Hi there,

      I think you’ll find that the recipe exists in various forms all across Eastern Europe. The Hungarian version might contain yeast, I’m not sure. The name might be Hungarian in origin…but I think it’s one of those things that been adapted by many cultures. I think you would be perfectly fine to include it in your Hungarian recipe book, which sounds like a wonderful idea! I will ask a Hungarian friend for her family recipe and compare it…and I’ll get back to you. Cheers, Lara

  • Ohhh Lara I love these!!!
    I have the best memories of your mum making these back in castle hill 🙂
    I will be making these for sure xxx

  • These are classic! My mom would always make plum jam and walnut kifli. She would keep the jam kifli straight, but curve the walnut kifli like a horseshoe so you could tell one from the other. Of course, jam never lasted very long! My husband’s grandmother makes one with shredded apples that are stewed to an almost jam like consistency – these are pure heaven! Lovely blog, I’ll be visitng frequently!

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