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Cozonac, a cherished traditional Romanian sweet bread, takes the spotlight during festive occasions like Easter and Christmas. This soft, aromatic bread, filled with a delicious blend of walnuts, cocoa, and rum essence, is a beloved treat in Romanian homes.
To create this delectable Cozonac, gather these ingredients:
2.2 lbs (1 kg) all-purpose flour
0.44 lbs (200g) granulated sugar
4 large eggs
7.05 fl oz (200 ml) milk
0.22 lbs (100g) butter
0.02 lbs (10g) active dry yeast
1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract
Zest from one lemon
0.44 lbs (200g) ground walnuts
2 tablespoons (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 tablespoons (30-45 ml) rum essence
A pinch of salt
Follow these steps to create your own delightful Cozonac
Activate the Yeast:
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm milk and add a pinch of sugar. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
Prepare the Dough:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and the activated yeast mixture. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic.
Divide and Fill:
Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll out each portion into a rectangular shape. Sprinkle the ground walnuts and cocoa powder evenly on the dough, then drizzle the rum essence.
Roll and Twist:
Roll up the dough tightly, sealing the ends. You can also twist the two rolls together to create a braided effect.
Let it Rise:
Place the Cozonac in greased loaf pans and allow it to rise for about 2 hours until it doubles in size.
Bake to Perfection:
Preheat your oven and bake the Cozonac until it turns golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
Cozonac is best enjoyed in thick slices with a cup of coffee or tea. It's a delightful treat during festive gatherings, and it's perfect for breakfast or dessert.
Cozonac represents more than just bread; it embodies tradition and celebration in Romania. The blend of flavors and the tender, fluffy texture make it a favorite passed down through generations.