Primorski Uskrsne Bebe

                                                                                                          

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Scald milk with the butter and cool to lukewarm.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar and salt, mixing well.

Add the milk mixture and half the flour mixed with the yeast and beat well.

Add remaining flour gradually, until a smooth, soft dough forms.

Place dough in a large greased bowl, turning to coat both sides, and let rise, covered, until doubled (2 hours).

Punch down and turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes.

Divide dough into 36 equal pieces (divide dough into 3 pieces, then each into 3 pieces again, then each into 4 pieces).

Cover and allow to rest 5 minutes.

Pre - heat the oven to 180°C.

Using 3 pieces per doll, roll into 3  long ropes. Begin by aligning the 3 pieces side by side.

Put an egg near the top of the ropes. Pull the center rope down over the middle of the egg, tucking the end under.

Pull the left strip over and down under the right side of the egg, and the right strip over and down under the left side of the egg.

It doesn’t really matter how you do it, as long as some of the colored egg shows through.

Braid the remainder of the rope, below the egg, and pinch the bottom ends together.

Place doll on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Continue with remainder of dough balls.

Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise slightly (1 hour).

Egg wash the dolls and bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 12 Croatian Easter Bread Dolls.