Happy Easter to everyone!
Late post, but it is better late than never:)
As I am Romanian, well, you guessed right, we have just celebrated the Easter.
I have colored the eggs for the first time using the russet color.You just boil them together, it is simple.
Oh well, I have found out from my dad that the red onions have a pretty toxic pigment(he even knows the name!), so it would be more recommendable for health to use beetroot.
If you want to have money for the rest of the year, put a red egg in the water and a coin and then wash your face.;)
1 kilo of flour
500ml of milk
50g of yeast
100g of butter
3 drops of vanilla
a bit of rum
3/4 cup superfine sugar
100g of sunflower oil
5 egg yolks
3 egg whites
2 pinches of salt
the peel of an orange and of a lemon
200g of walnuts
3 spoons of cacao
Above you have the image of the prepared yeast. You need to heat a half cup of milk(it must be warm, but do not boil it) and mix it with the yeast. Afterwards you put it over the flour and leave it covered in a warm place(like the heater)for around 20 minutes until you will see some cracks. Meanwhile, heat the remaning milk(again, do not boil it). In a bowl mix the egg yolks, the peel of the orange and of the lemon and the vanilla and rum.
Pour all this mixture over the flour and yeast. Add the milk.
Now it is time to make good use of them: you need to knead all this mixture for about 30 minutes!
You will sweat, I can gurantee you! Your hands need to be buttered in oil and heated butter. And you keep on adding oil on your hands and you keep on kneading(Gosh, it drove me crazy!) and that for 30 minutes…or even more if you have those so needed muscles for this complicated Sweet Easter Bread.
Now that the 30 minutes of kneading are over, you may put the dough to “rest” in avery warm place for another 90 minutes. It actually has to double the initial volume.
Now it is time for the baking: 50 minutes or an hour at 180degrees.
Here is the result!
It looks bad, I know…but the good news was that it tasted great!:)
I will end on a positive note: the looks matter less when the spirit inside is of high quality.;)
Hope you enjoyed your Easter in family and keep on the tradition no matter where you are and no matter how the result of your cozonac will be!