This is a fried pastry that my Croatian relatives make for special occasions. My grandmother, then my mother only made them for Christmas, but I have had them at weddings and other special family events at some of my cousins' homes. This recipe uses raisins, but some people use dates, prunes or other dried fruit. When I was young, my mom made these on Christmas Eve, and everyone got to help. After we grew up, she switched and would make them on Christmas day after church. That way we would all still be able to pitch in to help AND most important...eat some while they were still hot.