Kozunak – Easter Sweet Bread

Kozunak – Easter Sweet Bread

Cook time 4 hours
Allergy Egg, Milk, Wheat
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Occasion Easter

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs (on room temperature)
  • 2kg all-purpose flour
  • 300g sugar
  • 600ml milk
  • Raisins (as much as you want)
  • 2 lemons (the zest only)
  • Vanilla extract or vanilla stick (to taste)
  • 100-200ml lard (pig fat) (melted)
  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 40-50g fresh yeast (you can substitute with regular yeast)

Note

Have in mind that the ingredients listed make a very big quantity of dough. You can halve them if you want less. Also you can moderate the level of sweetness by putting as much sugar as you want.

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 200° C (400° F). If you have an electric heater I suggest you turn it on, because your kitchen needs to be as warm as possible.
Step 2
Heat milk for 3-5 minutes and add some vanilla to it. Remove from heat and add the sugar. Pour 150 ml of the milk-sugar mixture into a separate bowl, add 2-3 tbs flour and the yeast. Cover and let it rise.
Step 3
Sift the flour in a bowl and make like a little whole in the middle. Beat 10 of the eggs + 2 egg whites (save the yolk for later) in a separate bowl.
Step 4
When the yeast mixture has risen enough, put it into the whole in the bowl with flour. Add the rest of the milk and eggs. Mix well and start kneading. Add the oil gradually while kneading. Beat the dough on the table for about 1-2 minutes.
Step 5
Cover with a cloth and let it rise. The time varies somewhere between 30-45 minutes and 1-2 hours.
Step 6
When it has doubled its size, divide into 2-3 parts, knead each of them using the lard. Put raisins (as much as you want) and lemon zest. Cover and let it rise again.
Step 7
When doubled its size once again, take one part, divide into 3 pieces roll them carefully with hands and braid them. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
Step 8
Put into a greased pan(s), grease the kozunak carefully with oil, spread the egg yolk and sprinkle some sugar on top. Bake till a toothpick comes out dry and there's a nice crispy crust.