The Challenge

Bulgarian & Vegan: Тиквеник / Tikvenik

Last-minute rescue – that´s how I would describe my very last cooking date this year! A few weeks ago two lovely Bulgarian girls and I decided to cook together when they are coming to Berlin in Dezember. They came, they “were silent”, they said that they rather want to go out with me for a drink than to cook! Great! -.-

But I was very, very lucky. A few days ago surprisingly another Bulgarian woman wrote me a message suggesting to cook sth. with her at Christmas. We cooked yesterday afternoon the most delicious sweet pastry or better – strudel – you can imagine. So thank you Margarita – you are my hero!!!


And I can say now officially – I MADE IT! CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!!

This year I cooked with 50 vegans from 50 countries! The dishes of those 50 different countries mostly were surprisingly delicious and I really enjoyed to meet ALL of you! Thank you that you have been part of this incredible awesome project!!


Okay now let´s go back to my last cooking adventure. The strudel we made is called Тиквеник / Tikvenik. It is a very famous Christmas dish in Bulgaria and I know exactly why! It is absolutely yummy!!

Тиквеник / Tikvenik

  • 1 package vegan phyllo pastry (about 400 g) – you could make your own pastry of course – with the made phyllo pastry the dish is made much more faster
  • 500 g pumpkin (or squash) of your choice – I used butternut squash, grated
  • 100 g sugar
  • 100g walnuts, grounded
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • oil
  • powdered sugar, for serving

Grate the pumpkin and mix with sugar, cinnamon and walnuts. You also could boil the pumpkin and mash it but I prefered to put it in raw.


Take one of the phyllo sheets. Slightly oil both sides and roll out very thin. Spoon some of the pumpkin mixture over the pastry and roll it like shown in the pictures. Repeat with the rest of the pastry.




Take a baking pan or any round form – I used a spring form. Place the rolls around each other, spiraling them. You also could place them parallel to each other. They will taste the same! 😉



Bake at 180 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.


добър апетит!


Thank you for reading my blog this year! Although the challenge is completed the blog isn´t over yet! There are a lot more cooking adventures out there! And like always – I tell you everything about them! 🙂

Have a happy new year!

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