Mazanec - The Czech Easter bread and onset of spring !
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Serves: 1 loaf
Mazanec - The Czech Easter bread. It is sweet yeasty bread with goodness of raisins and cranberries
  • 1½ cup = 125 gm Bread flour + more
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp warm Milk
  • 1 or 2 drops of Vanilla extract / almond extract
  • 1 tsp or half packet of dry instant yeast
  • ½ tbsp Butter
  • ½ cup Raisins or dried Cranberries soaked in rum or wine (I have used zinfandel)
  • 1 tsp Lemon rind (grated)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Egg (lightly beaten)
  1. Soak the raisins and dried cranberries in wine or rum for more than 24 hours.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in 2 tablespoon of lukewarm water with little sugar and let it foam.
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, salt, lemon rind and add the yeast mixture to it.
  4. Make a well in the center and add the lightly beaten egg, milk and melted butter. Mix it.
  5. Knead the dough till it becomes very soft but not sticky.
  6. If it becomes sticky, feel free to dust some flour (cautiously) and knead it further.
  7. Stir in the wine / rum soaked raisins and cranberries and roll it further in little more flour.
  8. Knead it lightly and shape it .
  9. Keep it in a greased bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel and keep i t in a warm place to rise.
  10. It will take roughly 3-4 hours to double the volume.
  11. Punch down the dough, knead it again lightly and give it a round shape and keep the dough on a tray lined with a parchment paper.
  12. Let it rise again for another 40 minute.
  13. Brush the top of the dough lightly with egg and sprinkle some almonds on it.
  14. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F and bake it for 35 minute.
  15. Cool the bread before slicing it.
Cook time includes only the actual baking time. The dough takes roughly 3-4 hours to double in volume. Plus 40 min proofing time.
Recipe by saffronstreaks at