Traditional Bulgarian Kozunak Sweet Easter Bread Recipe
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- 10 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 6 large eggs, divided
- 1 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds (optional)
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
Dissolve yeast and sugar (using only 1 cup of the white sugar) with warm milk in medium mixing bowl. Add oil and 1 cup flour. Leave to rise in warm place for approximately 30 minutes. Sift flour in large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Stir into well yeast mixture, 5 well beaten eggs, salt, lemon zest and vanilla. Then knead well. Let rise for 1 more hour in a warm place. Beat down, add raisins, kneed slightly and let rise for another hour.
Divide dough in half. Divide each half into 3 pieces and braid together. Place on a well greased baking sheet. Let rise until doubled in size. Brush with egg yolk wash. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and remaining sugar. Bake at 375-400F for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 2 large loaves.
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