A bread affair filled with wishes for the New Year?

Traditional Bulgarian Bread

So today everyone must be preparing for the New Year; mentally with new year’s resolutions and physically – how much alcohol can I consume? I bet a lot.

While some of you are picking out your evening wear, the others are preparing the meals you will be later devouring that will stretch that waistline even further :). My fellow bloggers are, well, how do you put it…. letting you know how you going to ensure that you stick to your new year’s resolutions. What is my advise? Well don’t worry  you have a whole long year to figure that out for yourself, and if you can’t you can always transfer them to next year. Just live a little !

I am going to stretch my guest’s waistlines by making bread. It’s a tradition we have to make bread that contains little wishes. When the bread is ready, you give everyone a piece and their wishes subsequently will come true in the New Year.

My 8 wishes:

1. You will form a profitable business – now there is one wish I like
2. You will receive a new car – I bet my husband wants this one, but my dad is getting one anyway
3. You will get a baby as sweet as pie – I wonder who will get this? My parents? 🙂
4. Luck, happiness and health – one of my more generic wishes
5. A trip overseas – Hawaii anyone?
6. A year filled with many studies – while for some of us that sounds disastrous, for others it’s a dream come true!
7.  A coin symbolising money
8. A love affair – now this is supposed to be nice, not naughty! So not for married people.

Recipe for Pitka:

1. 1 kg flour
2. yeast 5grms
3. 100 ml of cold milk
4. 1 tsp sugar
5. 3 tbsp oil
6. pinch of salt
7. 1 whole egg and 1 separating the yolk and the egg white.
8. 300 ml of yoghurt
9. 200ml of water
10. butter for greasing

Put the flour in a  bowl and a make a whole in the middle of it. Put the yeast in a separate bowl and pour the milk onto of it, stir and make a paste. Then add the sugar with the yeast. Wait until the contents heats up chemically on its own and forms slight bubbles. In the flour add the oil, salt, the mixture with the yeast, yoghurt, the whole egg and the egg white. Start mixing the contents with your hands, if you see that the flour is not absorbing well then add a bit of the water, keep adding until you feel the dough has formed. You may end up using only a bit of the water.

Form the dough into a ball and begin smacking it 100 times on the table. Reform the dough into a ball and cut it using a sharp knife into 3 equal pieces.

Roll the three pieces into a ball and begin to iron them out using your roller. You need to make squares / rectangles our of your dough. Grease each sheet of dough with the butter. Put the first rectangular piece of dough aside and repeat above step twice more. Layer the sheets onto of each other. On the longer side of the dough begin rolling up your bread. Cut the rolled up bread into 8 even pieces.

Now is a good time to add the wishes. Grab each wish that has been written out on a piece of paper, fold it up in a second piece of paper or you won’t be able to open it and read it later. Then place the rolled up wish in the centre of the rolled dough piece and cover nicely with your finger by moulding the dough slightly. Repeat this 7 more times.

Then place the dough pieces in a tray in the shape you want them in, I always try and make a circle. Don’t squash the dough and don’t push the pieces against each other tightly.
Leave this out for about 30 min to rise.

Spread the egg yolk on the top of the dough to form a nice crust.Preheat oven at 180 C degrees. Put the tray into the oven and leave to bake. Check the bread after 30 min with a toothpick to see if it is ready. If the toothpick comes out clean, remove the bread from the over and sprinkle a handful of cold water on top and cover with a cloth.

Enjoy! Watch your guests enjoy it too!

I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! This time around you are allowed to be naughty and loud. Definitely you have to party.

See you all in the new year!


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