Serbian Orthodox families celebrate the day their family was baptized. This day is a Holy Day, called “Krsna Slava” or Patron Saint Day. To prepare for your Krsna Slava you make a bread, “Kolac” that is blessed by the priest and then shared with family, kumovi and friends.
This is the the recipe that my Baba used to make Kolac for Krsna Slava.
½ c. warm milk
1 package yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
½ c. four
Mix starter ingredients in a bowl and place in a warm area.
3 egg yolks
6 cups flour
1½ warm milk
½ Tablespoon salt
½ teaspoon lemon rind
½ cup vanilla extract
When starter is ready and bubbly, add it to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Use the dough hook and mix the dough until it is firm and shiny.
Oil a large bowl. Take the dough from the mixing bowl and form into a large ball. Place the dough into the well oiled bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel. Place in a warm area for 2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size.
Once doubled, place the dough on a cutting board and divide it into 4 equal portions. Roll 3 of the portions into long pieces that are as thick as your thumb. Make a dough braid out of the the 3 pieces.
Oil a deep pot on the sides and bottom. Place the one remaining portion of dough on the bottom of the pot. Place the dough braid around it. Let it rise for ½ hour. Brush it with egg yolk.
1 cup flour
½ cup water
Roll this dough on a well floured surface. Create a cross, birds or flowers.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour. The bread should be golden brown. Reduce the temp to 325 degrees and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Take it out of the oven and leave in the port for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from pot and let cool on a towel.
Recipe adapted from: Duska Cvejic