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Slav Bread - Česnica

Updated: Feb 14

  • This festive bread is mostly prepared on the Eve of Christmas or Easter, this is the simplest variant of the recipe how to make it and make the bread soft and tasty. This is a traditional Serbian holiday bread. You can make different shapes and decorations depending on the holiday. It is easy to prepare and has very little material. Follow recipe.

Ingredients: round mold 25 cm, easy, total time: 2 h, 15 servings
  • 1 cube of fresh yeast (30 g) + 200 ml lukewarm milk + 1 tsp flour + 1/8 tsp salt + 1/2 teaspoon of sugar – for raising yeast

  • 250 – 300 ml of lukewarm water

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 600 g flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 100 g melted butter

For Coating:

  • 1 egg yolk + 50 ml milk

For Sprinkling:

  • cumin, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin of your choice

  1. Dissolve fresh yeast in lukewarm water, put 1 teaspoon of flour and a little salt and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Leave the yeast for about 25 minutes until it rises. In a deep plastic bowl, place the yolks, risen yeast, stir in 1 teaspoon of salt and then gradually add the flour, mix with a mixer with a special additive for the dough-spiral part.

  2. Add the flour 4 times, when the dough has thickened, start mixing with your hands. The dough must be smooth and separate from the pan, taking care not to be too hard. Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on a floured work surface and work it out a little more with your hands and form it into a ball. Cover the dough in a bowl with a clean kitchen cloth and leave it warm to rise for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  3. After the time has passed, knead the dough once more and divide it into 15 balls. The balls must be the size of smaller meatballs, about 4.5 cm in diameter.

  4. Roll each ball in melted butter and arrange in a greased mold 25 cm. diameter.

  5. Arrange the balls next to each other. Mix the yolks with milk and brush each ball.

  6. Sprinkle with cumin, sesame, pumpkin, or sunflower seeds if desired. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C for about 30 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if the dough is ready.

  7. Take out the bread and leave to cool, serve on a festive table. Buon appetito!

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