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13-8-2020, 07:49 UTC
Easter 2006

What is a "mazanec"?

a) a straw figure symbolizing winter. Girls carry it out of the village and throw it into the river to drive out the snow and ice
b) an Easter dish made of fried peas
c) a sweet cake made from the same kind of dough as the Christmas "vanocka". It is the shape of a large bun, and before it is put in the oven it is marked on top with a cross.

Recipe for "mazanec"
Three cups of medium ground flour 1 teaspoon of fine ground flour Half a cup of milk 5 spoonfuls of powder sugar 85 grams butter Yeast 1 egg yolk 1 small packet of vanilla sugar 3 spoonfuls of raisins 4 spoonfuls of chopped almonds A pinch of salt Oil to line the baking paper Egg white to brush onto the surface before baking Fine ground flour to prevent the dough sticking
Dissolve the yeast in warm milk, add a spoonful of fine ground flour, a spoonful of sugar, and leave in a warm place. Mix the medium ground flour with the remains of the sugar, with the vanilla sugar, with the softened butter, the egg yolk and the leavened dough. Mix it all together and knead until you get a shiny and smooth dough that is not sticky. Mix in the raisins and half the almonds.
Place the mixture in a bowl, sprinkling a little flour on the surface, cover with a cloth, and leave in a warm place. Form into two large buns, and place them onto the oiled baking paper, so that they can be turned during baking. After leaving them for a while, brush with whipped egg white, pour the rest of the almonds on top and make a cross in the middle with a knife. Put the "mazanec" into a hot oven, then turn down the oven to a more moderate heat and leave to bake for 40-45 minutes.


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