Croatian Easter Bread Recipe [Sirnica]
Sirnica is a traditional Croatian sweet bread made during the Easter period.
At this time of year, you can find it in most bakeries and supermarkets across Croatia. My Aunts make a wonderful Sirnica every year for us all to enjoy on Easter day, so maybe you could give this recipe a go for your family to enjoy on Easter day as well.
Or, if you are like Mrs. Chasing the Donkey, you can eat this now, even though Easter is a little way off this Easter bread has made its way into the bakeries and she can’t help herself but nibble at it all day.
Ingredients: Croatian Easter Bread, Sirnica
- 25 g yeast
- 3 tbsp warm milk
- teaspoon of sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 100 g sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
- 60g soft unsalted butter
- 4 tbsp sunflower oil
- pinch of salt
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- zest of 1 orange
- 3 tbsp rum
- 400 g sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 3 cubes of sugar
Method: Croatian Easter Bread, Sirnica
- Place the yeast in a bowl and add the 3 tbsp of warm milk, a teaspoon of sugar and teaspoon of flour.
- Allow the yeast to do its magic and get foamy.
- In another bowl add the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla sugar, and butter and beat until it thickens and then add the sunflower oil and gently mix to combine.
- Now add the foamy yeast mixture, lemon and orange zest, rum, salt and flour and milk and start kneading. You need to get a soft – medium dough.
- Cover the dough and allow to rise for about an hour.
- Form 4 smaller round shaped pieces of dough, place them on a baking tray and allow to rise again until they double in size. Make sure they aren’t too close together, you don’t want them touching.
- Pre-heat your oven to 160 degree’s Celsius.
- Once risen, with a sharp knife make a cross-like incision on top of each of the pieces of dough and brush with the beaten egg.
- Break up the sugar cubes so they become chunky coarse pieces of sugar and sprinkle on top of each of the Sirnica’s.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.