Lucky 13 Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop


Yay! It’s time for Heather Long’s Lucky 13 Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop, and there are so many fabulous authors participating!

I’m a treat, which is good, because I don’t have fond memories of Halloween as a child. I remember being scared to walk up to a stranger’s house and knock on the door. I also remember my brother in a freaky mask jumping out at me, and even to this day, I’m not a horror fan.

But I love blog hops, because it gives me a reason to poke around other people’s blogs, and someone mentioned something about recipes, so I’ve decided to post a sweet treat recipe as my part of the hop. I make a disclaimer right now that I am writing this from memory and am an inconsistent baker. Sometimes it comes out awesome. Other times it is less than stellar. Hint: Just add more sugar.

TreatTikvenik – Bulgarian Pumpkin Pastry

What you will need:
– 1 package of phyllo dough
– 3 cups pumpkin (cut and boil and then smoosh)
– 1 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup powdered sugar
– 1 tbsp. cinnamon
– 1 cup walnuts (chopped or smooshed)
– butter or extra virgin olive oil

What you do to prepare it:
1. Take the pumpkin, wash it, and boil it in a pot of water. Once it’s soft, strain it and either shred it or smoosh it/mash it in a bowl
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
3. Unwrap the phyllo dough and spread it flat
4. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts to the pumpkin and stir

Making the Tikvenik:
1. Using a brush or a spoon, spread the melted butter or extra virgin olive oil over the top phyllo sheet
2. Place a thin layer of pumpkin mixture on the phyllo
3. Take two phyllo sheets and roll them, so the phyllo is on the outside and the pumpkin is in the middle
4. Place the “log” on a baking sheet
5. Repeat steps 1-4 until you have used all the pumpkin and/or all the phyllo
6. Brush a light coating of melted butter or extra virgin olive oil over the tops of the “logs” on the baking sheet
7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes and then cover for another 10 minutes
8. When you remove them from the oven, sprinkle the powdered sugar over the top

That’s it! Easier than pie!

I wish I had thought to take a picture of the last batch I made, but typing this recipe has made me hungry for more, so perhaps I’ll update this blog post with pictures from the next time I make this.

I’d love to hear what you love about October, fall, and Halloween!

Please visit the other blogs by clicking here. There are prizes at every stop!

To enter my giveaway, fill out the PromoSimple form by clicking here.

To enter the Blog Hop’s GRAND PRIZE giveaway, click here! The Grand Prize is a Kindle Paperwhite, plus Trick and Treat bundles of eBooks!

Happy Hopping!


About Marisa Cleveland

writer. reader. infinite dreamer.
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12 Responses to Lucky 13 Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop

  1. jamieayres says:

    Sounds delicish! I think you should invite me over 😉

  2. Jessica Snow says:

    That sounds so yummy! Well, the thing I love about the fall is the cooler weather and seeing the leaves change color, however living in Florida has put a damper on that.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  3. Aw! I’m sorry Halloween was scary for you! When you think about it, it really should freak out all little kids, shouldn’t it?!

  4. JeanMP says:

    That is a very interesting recipe, sounds really good. Love fall, the cooler temps and the changing leaves. Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. tonyakuper says:

    I love Halloween and all things fall, especially anything made with apples or pumpkin. This sounds fab! Gonna have to try it! 🙂 xo

  6. What a great recipe. And the specific “smooshing” instructions are especially helpful.
    I always try to roast the pumpkin seeds after we’ve carved the punkin’s, but they usually come out kind of slimy. But the slime is fun.

  7. Thanks for the amazing sounding recipe. I love trying new things!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  8. Sounds really good!! What I love about Halloween is all the great chocolate!!
    Thanks for joining the hop and Happy Halloween!!
    Ashley A

  9. Gina Conkle says:

    Hi Marisa,
    Tasty recipe. I especially liked “cut and then boil and smoosh.” I have two small pumpkins, the baking kind and they may have to be smooshed in this fabulous recipe of yours. Thanks for sharing! And I love the cover of your book!

  10. wyndwhisper says:

    thank you so much for the chance at such a great giveaway. Have a Happier Halloween!

    tammy ramey

  11. BookAttict says:

    My fave thing about the Fall is celebrating my birthday.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  12. This is so fun and exciting! Happy Halloween to ya all! Thanks for the fun and goodies! 🙂 My favorite thing about fall is halloween! I love all the scariness! I grew up on scary movies and playing tricks on my sister. lol 🙂 I also love haunted houses! And with it being fall, i love it when the leaves start turning colors, and playing in the leaves. lol

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