Opekance, pupáky or bobaľky: Poppy seeds were supposed to keep witches away, bryndza a luxury

Sweet or savoury, traditional baked Slovak dough balls should never be missing from the Christmas dinner table.

Opekance with poppy seeds.Opekance with poppy seeds. (Source: TASR)

In most of Slovakia, opekance, bobaľky or pupáky are an integral part of Christmas Eve dinner. In part, as a memento of the traditions maintained by grandmothers. However, they used to be on tables all year round.

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Slovaks use up to three different names to describe these baked round pieces of dough sprinkled with poppy seeds or sheep cheese known as bryndza.

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