Pinca (also sirnica) is a traditional Dalmatian and Istrian Easter cake. It symbolizes the end of Lent in that it contains many eggs. Together with Easter eggs, pinca has remained the centrepiece of the family Easter breakfast in the region. In urban areas it is increasingly the only item taken to Easter Mass for blessing, and is often given to guests as a symbol of good wishes. It can also be found in other areas in western Croatia, as well as in the Slovenian Littoral. It takes the form of a sweet bread loaf with the sign of a cross, which is carved into it with a knife before baking, on the upper side.
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