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Slava Bread Recipe - Slavski Kolac

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Slava Bread - Slavski Kolac

Slava Bread - Slavski Kolac

© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

Slava bread or slavski kolac is an important part of the religious aspects of Krsna Slava, or the celebration of a Serbian family's patron saint day. In many homes, the parish priest comes to the home to bless the bread before any festivities can begin.

Makes 1 round loaf of Slava Bread

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours


  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 to 7 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water


  1. Dissolve yeast, sugar and 3 tablespoons flour in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside.

  2. In large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups warm water, salt, butter, eggs, lemon rind and juice, and sugar. Add proofed yeast and about 4 cups flour and beat well.

  3. Add remaining flour gradually, beating well, until dough is stiff. Knead as for bread, about 5 minutes by machine or 10 minutes by hand, and put in a greased bowl to rise.

  4. When double in size, knead again briefly. Reserving a handful of dough to decorate top, make a round loaf. Put in a well-greased 9-inch round, 3-inch deep pan.

  5. Decorate the edge of the loaf with a braid and a cross in the center with 4 backward Cs in each quadrant. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour, or follow this Quick Tip to cut the rise time.

  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush bread lightly with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water). Bake for 1 hour or until nicely brown.

  7. When cool enough to handle, remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
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 4 out of 5
Good - but there is a step missing!, Member coldplate74

Thankfully I've made versions of this before but this recipe has you proof the yeast but never tells you when to add it mix. Otherwise it turned out fine!

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