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Mazanec The Easter table isn't given as much significance as that of Christmas, but there is still food, particulaily baked goods, prepared especially for this holiday as well. Just as fish, particularily carp, is associated with the Christmas feast, lamb and goat's meat, baked or fried, is associated with Easter. It was normally prepared with potatoes.

To this day, however, Easter just isn't Easter without mazanec (hot cross buns), which is the Easter equivalent to Christmas's vanocka. It's made from the same dough, but it has the shape of a bun, on the top of which a cross is carved before baking. Another traditional Easter bread is the Easter Ram, which is whipped dough poured into the shape of a sitting ram or lamb. After baking, the ram is given eyes - two cloves poked into the dough. Today, of course, chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and hard-boiled eggs have also become a part of Easter.

Dough for two mazanec's
6 cups of medium flour
9 teaspoons of sugar
4 ounces of butter
1 tablespoon of yeast
1 cup of milk
1 yolk
a pinch of salt
vanilla sugar
a lemon rind
a nutmeg nut
star anise
3 tablespoons of raisins
3 tablespoons of almonds
an egg for the icing
Crumble the yeast into the room-temperature milk, add in 1 tablespoon of sugar, sprinkle evenly with flour, and then leave it in a warm place to rise. Put the rest of the flour, 8 tablespoons of sugar, the vanilla sugar, a pinch of salt, the lemon rind, the grated nut of nutmeg, one egg yolk, and the grated star anise into a bowl with the previous mixture when well-risen and mix well. After this, add in the softened butter and continue to mix well. When the dough no longer sticks to the side of the bowl, stir in the washed raisins and the cleaned, sliced almonds. Shape the dough in the bowl into a smooth loaf, dust it with flour, and leave it covered in a warm place to rise (with a larger amount of dough even all night.)

With the risen dough, form two small loaves and place these loaves on two different pieces of greased paper, so each may be rotated during baking as necessary. Leave the loaves on the baking sheet to finish rising. Then, before putting them in the oven, baste them with the whipped egg, sprinkle them with the chopped almonds, and carve a cross on the top of each with a sharp knife. Reduce heat and bake for about 45 minutes.

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