Fruit- and Nut-Filled Yeast-Risen Cake

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By Nick Malgieri

Published 1990

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A specialty of the Natisone valleys, near the Yugoslavian border, the gubana was traditionally offered by brides to their wedding guests, as well as being an Easter pastry. Gubana means “rolled up” in the local Slavic dialect and refers to the dough’s being covered with a rich fruit-and-nut filling, rolled up, and baked in a pan in the form of a spiral. When the gubana is sliced, the interior spiral of filling is revealed. There are several versions of the pastry, some