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Kozunak – sweet Easter ritual bread


Short Description

Typical for the kozunak is that it has to be yeasted and to cut into “threads”. It is a main part of the Easter table. It is closely associated with Christianity and is a symbol of Christ’s flesh.

Needed ingredients

For two pieces:

Preparation method

The yeast is dissolved in a little milk. Add 1 spoon of sugar and a little flour. Cover with a cloth and leave it to rise. Then beat 3 eggs with the sugar. Add the remaining milk, vanilla, salt, lemon juice and grate a little lemon peel, while constantly stirring. Put the yeast. Mix. Sift 500g of the flour. Put it in a large bowl. Make a hole in the center. Then pour in this hole the beaten eggs with sugar. Begin to knead until sticky dough is formed. Then transfer the dough on a floured surface and continue to knead until it gets soft and stops trying to stick to your hands. Melt the butter and the lard. Gradually add them to the dough, knead without stopping, until you feel the dough tough. Then put it into a baking pan, cover with a thick cloth and leave in a warm place to rise for 1 hour. When the dough has doubled in size, divide it into small balls. The number depends on how much pieces of kozunak you will do. For each kozunak are necessary three balls. Stretch the balls into bands and tangle them. Put it in a greased baking pan and then in a preheated oven at 150 degrees. Bake 15 minutes. Then remove and spread the top with egg yolk and sprinkle with sugar. Return it in the oven and bake another 40 minutes.