Tikvenik: A Bulgarian Alternative to Pumpkin Pie

IMG_4817If you’re looking for a tasty and unique alternative to pumpkin pie this season, give tikvenik a try. I fell in love with this Bulgarian pastry during my Peace Corps service, and quickly found myself scheming for invitations to people’s homes so that I could not only eat it, but also learn how to make it.

Most people who know me know that I rarely use recipes and measurements, and tikvenik is no  exception. However, to share it, I’ve put together a recipe based on a few things I have tried over the years, adding some of my own touches here and there. Although there are several steps involved in making tikvenik, it is relatively easy and the final result is well worth the effort.

If you’ve never worked with phyllo dough before, don’t let that intimidate you. I’ve included some of my favorite tricks and tips to make using phyllo dough easier.

Give tikvenik a try and let me know how it turns out for you!

Get the recipe!


Normally I make my tikvenik in a spiral, using a large round pan called a tava. Unfortunately, my tava is en route to Latvia, so in true foreign service fashion, I am improvising here, using a deep cookie sheet.

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