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Slovenian Easter Bread Recipe - Velikonocni Kruhki

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Slovenian Easter Bread

Slovenian Easter Bread

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Slovenian Easter bread or velikonocni kruhki is a slightly sweet, yeast-risen dough that is formed into balls, not unlike hot cross buns, except there is no cross of flat icing on top and the dough contains no eggs. These buns are blessed on Holy Saturday in the zegen basket. On Easter Sunday, the zegen food is the highlight of the morning.

This is a great project for the kids who can help with rounding up the balls of dough.

See Easter Breads Across Eastern Europe and Easter Bread Recipes Around the World.

Makes 10-12 small Slovenian Easter Breads

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) melted and cooled butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces candied citron
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup ground (not chopped) almonds
  • 2 cups light or dark raisins, soaked in warm water and drained
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water

Preparation:

  1. Place yeast, milk and sugar in a small bowl. Mix, cover and let rise for 10-20 minutes until yeast has dissolved.

  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, place 2 1/2 cups flour, yeast mixture, cardamom, confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Combine until a soft dough results. Add the citron, lemon juice, zest, almonds and raisins, mixing well. Knead for 10-15 minutes by hand or 5-7 minutes by machine. Add additional 1/2 cup flour, as necessary, so dough isn't sticky.

  3. Form a large ball and let dough rise in the same bowl, covered, until doubled. Punch down dough and knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes.

  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Form 10-12 balls from the dough and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the tops of the dough balls with egg wash. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
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