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Sunny Bread

March 19, 2015

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This year instead of making a birthday cake for my daughter to bring to school, we tried the delicious pitka slunce or a round bread called ‘sun’. A large ball of dough in the middle glazed with egg yolk stands to connect all the little rolls or bun rays sticking out of the sun. Depending on how large of a ball you form from the dough, the ‘sun’ can fit about 16 to 20 bun rolls around it. Perfect for a class of 20 students! Especially if some are missing that day..the teachers get to take an extra helping;). So the ingredients are as follow:

  • 300ml milk
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 egg yolks + 1 egg white
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil (not olive)
  • 1 cube fresh yeast or 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1kg+ flour
  • 100g butter
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp melted butter + 1 tbsp milk for glazing

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk with sugar. Add 3-4 tbsp flour and let proof until frothy. Sift flour and make a well. Pour into the well the yogurt, eggs, salt, oil and yeast mixture. Knead soft dough. Let rise until double. Then pinch out a large piece of it, shape into a round, slightly flattened ball and put in center of a greased baking pan or sheet. This is the ‘sun’ – the starting point of your sunny bread:).

Divide the rest of the dough into three equal parts. Roll out three round large sheets of dough. Brush each with melted butter and place on top of each other. Cut into 16 more or less equal triangles (one large line cutting circle in half, then another perpendicular line in quarter, an so on). Roll each triangle starting from the base towards the top.

Arrange buns around the ‘sun’ and let bread rise for 10-20 mins. If you don’t have time, you can skip this step, the bread will rise anyhow during baking. Brush entire bread, sun and rays, with egg yolk mixture, sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds (optional) and bake in preheated oven at 170 Celsius until golden brown.

Share with your family, friends or neighbors. This bread is Bulgarian and Bulgarian culture is all about sharing!  

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