Beside, interesting offer of history monuments in Bela Palanka can offer you some events too. One of most important, for the town and this part of Serbia, is Days of banica. This food festival started in 2004. It is competition for the best “Banica” pie, or unleavened pie. This event is very popular, so number of visitors goes to more than ten thousands people. Except this food competitors, more than 200, it has music part. Famous folk singers are singing here always. It has international character , so except domestic guests, it has foreign ones. Most of them come from neighboring country Bulgaria. Serbian banica pie is similar to burek, or other kind of pies. But is different in preparation procedure. And also in ingredients. It is also similar to kind of pie from Vranje region, it’s speciality “samsa“. Program of this year of Banica days, and also previous, can be seen in Days of banica program post.
How to make banica pie?
Banica is an interesting and delicious dish. To make banica, you need the 1 kg of flower flour, coffee spoon of salt, some water, oil, and about 300-500 gr of cheese. Take about 900 grams of soft flour, salt and water to knead the dough. Once mixed, spread it with a wrap, apply oil and allow to stand for about 20 minutes. Draw to the largest circle after that. Cut thicker ends with a knife or stretch until they are thin. Repeat the procedure for trimmed parts. Spread the dough to the max, and put the oil and cheese over. If you like, you can put something more besides cheese, like spinach etc. Put it in pan in snailed like way. Grease the pan with oil and roll the dough into the pan by twisting it into a snail-shaped circle. Cover the pan with a cloth and allow to stand for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and then insert the pie. Reduce oven heating to 180 degrees. Bake for about 40 minutes. Enjoy!