This recipe has a powerful story because it is traditional sweet bread in my born country, Macedonia. Usually, girls love baking kravajce for the local Ivanden holiday, that is celebrating every 7th of July. Also, this recipe is a popular sign when newborn have got the first milk tooth. Older people explain that the person who will find the first tooth must to bake kravajce and invite the closest family to celebrate with.
The main reason for baking this smiley bread was the first tooth of my baby girl Siena. I love tradition and want to follow that beautiful lifestyle habits that make me happy.
Honestly, I've changed the traditional ingredients with healthier flour and less sugar.
400g spelled flour
300g Helga/Ajda flour or corn flour
100g walnuts or pumpkin seeds
20g fresh yeast
1 baking powder
2 vanilla sugar
2 coffee cups oil
2 small coffee cups brown sugar or another health supplier
1 teaspoon salt
FOR TOP DECORATION:
a.ground sugar + edible color +a few drops of water
b. melt chocolate for top if you want sweetest taste
1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. First of all sift the flour. Add the sugar, salt, oil and flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
2. Mix for 15-20 minutes until smooth, medium soft dough is obtained.
3. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1/2 hours.
4. Divide dough into 4 balls from which the kravajce are formed. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes.
Decorated kravajce with colorful candy by squeezing into the dough, oiled and put on a stamp at 170 degrees for 20 minutes.
Enjoy with good cup of coffee!