Croatian Easter Bread Recipe (Sirnica or Pinca)

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Croatian Easter Bread Recipe (Sirnica or Pinca)

Pinca is traditional Croatian Easter bread – but can be eaten all year round.

Pinca is a sweet bread served as a part of a traditional Easter meal in Croatia. It’s  very popular along the coastal parts of Croatia although it can be found all over the country. In Zagorje it’s called “Jajara”, in Dalmatia “Sirnica” and in other parts is simply “Pinca”.

It originates from the Venetian Republic where it was reserved only for rich people during the holidays, who were able to eat it 2-3 times per year. Now you can even buy pinca in shops or at home with ease with the recipe below.

The main character is a dough which has rich yellow color from the farm fresh eggs. This recipe is rich in flavor because we’ve added raisins soaked in rum, lemon or orange zest. You can use other kinds of dried fruit and vanilla sugar.

Sirnica usually shaped like a small ball with a cut on the top in shape of a cross as it symbolizes the suffering of a Christ.

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.

Ingredients: Croatian Easter Bread, Sirnica

  • 300g all purpose flour
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 75 g sugar
  • 5g vanila sugar
  • 35ml sunflower oil
  • 125ml milk
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 50g raisins
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3-4 tbsp rum

How To Make Sirnica Recipe

Method: Croatian Easter Bread, Sirnica

  1. Soak the raisins in the rum for one hour.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt in one bigger bowl.
  3. Activate the yeast with some warm milk and one teaspoon of sugar. It will become bubbly in around 5 minutes.
  4. Now combine the dried ingredients with rest of the warm milk, oil, lemon zest, egg yolks and yeast mixture.
  5. Knead the dough for at least 10 minutes with your mixer on a low speed or with your hands.
  6. Cover the dough and let it rest on a warm place for one hour until it doubles it size.
  7. Remove the excess rum from the raisins and add them to the dough together with some melted butter.
  8. Now you need to knead the again in the same way for another ten minutes.
  9. Transfer the dough to the baking traz, she it in a ball.
  10. Brush the Pinca with a mixed egg yolk and some sugar. Sugar is optional because it will make your Pinca a bit darker as it will caramelize.
  11. Cut the dough with a knife or scissors  to make a “cross sign” on the top.
  12. Bake it in a warm oven for 30-35 minutes of 180 °C. If you have dusted it with some sugar, after 20 minutes you can cover it with some paper or aluminum foil so it doesn’t get too much dark.
  13. When it’s baked, cover it with a clean kitchen cloth and let it cool down completely. Keep the Pinca in a bag so it remains soft for a couple of days.

How To Make Sirnica Recipe

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Comments (38)

  1. Where I come from we call it Kuglof.
    Again, sirnica is Dalmatian. Wonder why as no cheese in involved? I guess they name sirnica whenever they lack a term HA!
    🙂 Just kidding!

  2. I went to Pinterest to get the recipe I pinned a couple years ago, but this post from March 25, 2019 appears. This recipe is different. What happened to the old recipe? My family loved the version without raisins that you posted before. Can you please repost the original?

    Thank you.

  3. My Grandmother made something similar to this, except a savory version we use dry cottage cheese, egg, sauteed onion and plenty of black pepper. We have always called this bread sirnica and had it on Christmas Eve. She cheated and used frozen bread loaves for the dough. We grew up in the Pittsburgh area of Pa. Have you heard of this recipe or version before. I have done other searches and can not find anything similar. It maybe just a family recipe. Thanks for any help you may be able to give.

  4. Look wonderful, may have to try this for Easter. I do not remember my Croatian grandmother making this though….wonder if it regional. They came from the Kluj area in Dalmatia.

    1. Do you have time now Gaynor? I see you did that comment on Dad’s birthday last uear RIP Georgey 😢

  5. Eto kad dođeš pribacit če mo uskrs pri božica pa ce ti punica naprsvit Kaštelanski kolač sa jajen,i skuvat jaja utvrdo da se možeš tucat!!!

  6. My mother made this bread for us, When i moved to another town she would send it to us in the mail. God bless a mother.s heart.

    1. If i ever moved i know my mama would send me sarma!…palačinke….meso na saft….ooo so many things!!;)

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