How to Buy Flour in Croatia

How to buy flour in Croatia

As a baker, it was difficult to buy flour after arriving in Croatia. It is certainly plentiful enough and can be found in any supermarket. The problem was that I couldn’t figure out which kind to buy.

In the United States, the way flour is classified is much different than it is in Croatia. In Croatia, the German numbering system is used. So if you don’t know what the numbers mean, you have to guess, which is how I ended up with 3 kilos of fine blend flour I won’t ever use.

European Flour Numbering System

To solve the mystery, here is a breakdown of what the numbers mean so you can know exactly what you’re buying.

United StatesGermany/CroatiaFranceItalyCzech RepublicUK  
Pastry/cake flour400-5504000Hladká mouka výběrová 00 Patent White
All purpose flour550550Hladká moukaWhite
High gluten (aka bread) flour700-850801Polohrubá moukaLight Brown
First clear flour1100, 16001102Hrubá moukaBrown
White whole wheat1600-1700150Farina integrale di grano teneroPšeničná Krupice 100% Wholemeal

Croatian Flour Vocabulary

In addition to the numbers, here are some other words to know when buying flour.

brašno"brosh-no"flour  
glatko"glot-ko"fine
oštro"osh-tro"coarse
bijelo"bee-yell-oh"white
polu bijelo"pol-oo bee-yell-oh"half white
pšenično"p-shen-itch-no"wheat
tip"teep"type
kukuruzno"koo-koo-rooz-no"corn
mješavina za"m-yesh-a-veena za"mixture for..
means it's a premixed flour for goods like pizza, donuts, etc. typically accompanied by a picture
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22 thoughts on “How to Buy Flour in Croatia

  1. Tina Jones-Jovanovic
    September 27, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Oh, the horrors of international shopping. Baking is even more of a challenge. I am an American in Serbia. The flour I use comes from our farm. It tastes a lot different and I have had to adjust my recipes a good bit. Still, the challenges make me stronger and more confident, after they are overcome of course! 😉 Great post, I feel your pain!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 1, 2013 @ 7:57 am

      Hi Tina – There is a mill near Trilj that produces flour. I’ve been wanting to try it, but I’m sure it will take a lot of experimentation to get my baked goods right like what you’re going through. Does Serbia use the same numbering system for their flour?

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  2. Isabel
    October 26, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    Thanks for this useful guide – my baker husband found it useful! His big project is to build a brick oven in the courtyard of our house in Istria.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 26, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

      Glad it came in handy, Isabel! As I am a baker myself, I would LOVE a brick oven for making bread. You are one lucky lady. 🙂

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  3. Ruth Seba
    December 16, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks for the guide – and Croatian pronuciation tips. I have been living in Korcula for several years and jsut recently started baking again. Your guide is great – going to pass it along to another recent arrival here.

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  4. Melissa Paul Milcetic
    November 26, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    Soooooo grateful to find this breakdown on flour as I have stood and stared at the wall of flour choices only to leave frustrated! Thank you and happy baking!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 21, 2015 @ 11:55 am

      Thanks Melissa! Happy to hear you found it helpful. I’m a big baker, and it was such a struggle the first year I was here.

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  5. Amy
    February 7, 2015 @ 5:24 pm

    Hi Sara,

     

     Thanks for for this incredibly useful post!  Since moving to Belgrade I have tried to make chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies and both have failed miserably.  Your blog taught me that it's because of the flour!  (I was quick to blame the baking powder or baking soda)

     

    Have you you found a good substitute for brown sugar?  I thought of using white sugar + molasses buy I have no idea where to molasses!

     

    thanks!

    amy

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 7, 2015 @ 6:20 pm

      Hi Amy!

      So thrilled this post was helpful! Gosh, it can be so confusing. I was able to find brown sugar in Croatia, so didn’t need a substitute. Although, it wasn’t easy to find. I found it in the bio section of the grocery store and it was called muscovado. The organic stores (Bio & Bio in Croatia) have it too. Yes, molasses and white sugar is a good substitute but not in the Balkans where molasses doesn’t exist (although I wish it did!). Finding a bio store might be your best bet.

      Good luck in your baking,

      Sara

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  6. Marjan
    February 12, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    Hallo Sara,

    We want to visiting Istrie by camper for three months. We want to bake our own bread. Can we buy whole wheat flour in the supermarket in Istrie. If not, we take the flour with us from Holland.

    Thanks and many greetings

    Marjan

     

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 12, 2015 @ 11:29 am

      Hi Marjan,

      It should be possible to find whole wheat flour in Istria. I’ve seen it at groceries store, typically in a bio section (separate from regular flour). If you don’t find it there, you can definitely get it at Bio & Bio. They have locations in Pula and Rijeka. You can find their addresses here: https://www.biobio.hr/nase-trgovine/

      Happy travels!

      Sara

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      • Marjan
        February 12, 2015 @ 4:06 pm

        Hoi Sara, thank you very much for youre information 🙂

        Greets

        Marjan

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  7. Marilyn Hamilton
    June 30, 2016 @ 8:01 am

    Can anyone direct me to a shop in Sibenik, Croatia where I can buy rye flour for a bread maker.????

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  8. Deirdre
    October 23, 2016 @ 7:35 pm

    Am I understanding this correctly 400 crostian flour is equal to 00 flour. Thank. 

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    • Sara Expat in Croatia
      November 7, 2016 @ 11:51 am

      Hi Deirde,

      Yes, they are similar. However, I recommend testing to make sure you get the same results you are used to as there are slight differences.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  9. Nicola Haisman
    June 11, 2017 @ 9:39 am

    Do they have self raising flour in Croatia or do I need to use baking powder. 

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    • Expat in Croatia
      July 5, 2017 @ 10:37 am

      Hi Nicola,

      I have not seen self raising flour here. You could use yeast, baking powder or soda bicarbonate, depending on what you are baking.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  10. Napoleon Scicluna
    December 20, 2018 @ 5:38 pm

    What type of flour can I use to make pasta. I normaly use simolina.

    Thanks,

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 10, 2019 @ 3:17 pm

      Hi Napoleon,

      You can use fine semolina.

      Regards,

      Sara

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