Koleda Leb

                                                                                               

Ingredients:

For the sponge:

For the dough:

Preparation:

For the Sponge:

Combine yeast, flour, sugar and lukewarm water in a small bowl, mix well until there are no lumps (it should have a slurry-like consistency).

Allow to stand in a warm spot for 10 minutes.

For the dough:

Meanwhile sift flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre.

Once the sponge (yeast mix) has double in size add to the centre of the well with some of the lukewarm water. Begin to slowly incorporate with your fingers (or a fork).

Gradually add all of the water and use your fingers to knead, while turning the bowl with your other hand.

Continue to mix until the dough begins to come together and pulls away from your fingers (approx. 10 minutes).

To finish, gently pull in the dough from the edge of the bowl to the centre to form a neat ball, flour the top.

Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm spot to prove for (we did 2 hours) (depending on the weather).

Then gently knead the dough (still in the same bowl) for 2 minutes.

Remove the dough to a flour-dusted surface, gently roll to coat with flour and divide into 4 large balls and 1 small ball (the size of a golf ball).

Knead each ball for a further 2 minutes, dusting with flour as needed until most of the air is knocked out and the dough stops sticking to your hands.

To make a bicycle, roll out one of the balls into a long even shape (30-40cm in length).

Coil each end in opposite directions until you have an even bike-like shape, roll left end upwards and right end downwards towards the centre.

To make a doll, roll out one of the balls into an oval shape and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.

Pinch in at the top to make the head, cut arms and legs, smooth out the edges and lengthen the arms and legs slightly.

Roll out the small ball (the size of a golf ball) into a long thin strip, cut in half (use the remaining half when making the other doll).

Wrap around the dolls head to mimic a scarf, hiding the edges under each arm.

Use your fingers pinch eyes and a mouth.

Place onto an oiled and flour-dusted tray, dust top with flour and loosely cover with a clean towel, rest for a further 30 minutes. Preheat fan forced oven to 200ºC.

Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. After 10 minutes loosely cover with a sheet of foil and bake for a further 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 100ºC, remove foil and bake for final 10 minutes (30 minutes in total). Remove bread from oven and wrap in 2 large tea towels to keep warm.