Bajadera (Bah-ya-deh-ra) is a famous chocolate praline created by the Kraš confectionery company in ex-Yugoslavia, now Croatia. Yugoslavia did not survive as a country, but a recipe for home-made Bajadera is still widely popular across the ex-Yugoslavian territories – Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia. Making Bajadera at home is a lot of fun, it is a relatively simple no-bake desert, based on a nougat paste from ground nuts, chocolate, cookies, sugar syrup and butter.
Needless to say, there are as many Bajadera recipes as there are cooks in the Balkans. Below is a version that my family used for years. And in case you are wondering, yes the real thing can be purchased on Amazon.
* 500g granulated sugar
* 12 tablespoons water
* 200g hazelnuts
* 200g Petit Beurre biscuits (I used Leibnitz and LU)
Makes 64 cubes