Easter Bread Pinca

Sweet bread, called Sirnica or Pinca, is traditionally baked in Croatia during Easter. There are several versions of Pinca, but this is my favorite. I used candied orange peel, but it can be combined with lemon peel and raisins.

Ingredients for Easter Bread Pinca:
  • Half a dice of fresh yeast
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 100 ml of milk
  • 500 g of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 g of butter
  • 100 g of candied orange peel (dices)
  • peeled and chopped almonds for garnishing and powdered sugar

Preparation:

  1. Crush with your hands half a cube of fresh yeast and pour over warm milk. Add a teaspoon of sugar and some flour. Stir the mixture and let the yeast rise (approx 10 min).
  2. Mix well 3 eggs and sugar, and add 100 ml of warm milk.
  3. In a 500 g of flour, add a pinch of salt, then pour in the egg and yeast mixture and mix it all together. Finally, add the softened butter and knead with your hands.
  4. Leave the dough in a warm place to rise.
  5. After about an hour, when the mixture has doubled, mix it again, but this time add the orange peel (leave a little for later, to spread).
  6. Again let it rise for about an hour, then knead the dough on a table (with little bit of flour) and knit it into the braid.
  7. Grease the round baking pan with butter and sprinkle with flour, then arrange the braid in a circle.
  8. Finally, coat it with an egg and sprinkle with almonds and the rest of the orange peel.
  9. Bake at 180 ° C (356°F) for about 40 minutes.
Serving:

Before serving, sprinkle the Pinca with powdered sugar.