Soda Bread Bogovitsa for Christmas Eve

24/12/2017
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"This is how you knead a traditional Christmas Eve loaf."
Preparation20 min.
Cooking35 min.
Тotal55 min.
Servings6
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Ingredients

  • flour - 2 cups (500 g)
  • carbonated water - 1 2/5 cups (350 ml), warm
  • oil - 5 tbsp
  • salt - 1 tsp
  • sugar - 2 tsp
  • lemon juice - 3 tbsp, freshly squeezed
  • baking soda - 1 tsp

Preparation

Sift the flour 3 times in a bowl (it's a traditional process for holiday loaves), make a well and in it put the salt, sugar, oil, baking soda extinguished in the lemon juice and heated carbonated water.

Stir and knead a soft dough, cover it with a towel for about 30 min. Set aside a small part of the dough for the motifs, distribute the rest of the dough along the bottom of a small oiled tray.

It's characteristic of Bogovitsa bread to be richly decorated. First, start with the cross - using 2 forks, make an "X" in the center of the bread, going all the way out to the circumference. In 2 of the resulting quadrants, shape 2 little birds.

One is a symbol of hearth and home, the other of health and prosperity. Shape a grape bunch for abundance and a sun for warmth. Poke the bread in several places around the motifs to prevent it from cracking during baking.

Put the tray in a preheated 374°F (190 °C) oven and bake about 35 min. or until golden brown. Cover the bread with a wet, well-squeezed, clean towel for about 10 min. to soften.find similar recipes here

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