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Zelnik so Praz (Macedonian Leek Pie)

Ingredients
800g plain white flour1 tsp salt2 tsp dry yeast1 tsp white sugar100ml oil250g melted butterWarm water

Filling2 leeks chopped finely300g ricotta cheese1 tbsp Bukovska piper (crushed dried chillies)Salt & pepper to taste
Method
In a small bowl, activate the yeast by stirring in 200ml warm water with the dry yeast and sugar. Leave in a warm place to riseCombine the flour, salt, oil and the risen yeast mixture in a large mixing bowl. While kneading the dough with your hands, slowly add warm water (approx 500ml or less) until you have a soft dough that is not too stickyDivide the dough in to two sectionsRoll flat each ball of dough with a rolling pin and smear with melted butter. Once covered in butter, fold the dough in to an envelope shape. Place each 'envelope' in a plastic bag and pop in to the fridge for 30 minutesIn the meantime, fry the leek until soft and glassy. Add the ricotta cheese and season with salt, pepper and Bukovska piper. Allow the filling to coolGre…

Posni Kifli (Vegan Bake Rolls)

These kifli can be consumed during Lent if you leave out specific ingredients. Please see recipe below for minor adjustments for Lent fasting.


Ingredients:
1kg plain white flour1 packet of dry yeast3 tbsp white sugar2 tbsp salt1/2 litre warm mineral waterSesame seeds/Caraway seedsOptional: 1 small handful of thinly sliced green olives (do not include if fasting during Lent)Optional: 2 tbsp oil & 2 tbsp yellow mustard for wash (do not include if fasting during Lent)
Method: Place dry yeast, 1 tbsp sugar and 100ml of warm water in a small bowl and leave yeast to rise.Once yeast has risen, add yeast to 1kg flour, 2 tbsp sugar, and 3 tbsp salt in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the warm mineral water (and olives) and combine in to a soft but not sticky dough.Knead the dough well, then place back in mixing bowl and cover with a tea towel. Allow to rise (or double in size). Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius Once dough has risen, take small handfuls of dough (about the width…

Trilece Cake (Tresleche)

Trilece (3 milk cake)
Image from maminajela.com


Ingredients
6 large eggs100gm caster sugar200gm plain flour1 tbsp baking powder1 tbsp vanillin sugar300ml thickened cream375gm tin of condensed milk800ml milk Optional: 1 small cup of coffee creamer300gm Farsitura Karamela (pictured above) or any caramel glucose syrup or caramel sauce i.e. Nestle Top 'n' Fill
Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees CelsiusSeparate the 6 egg yolks from the 6 egg whitesWith an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and add the caster sugar and the vanillin sugarBeat on on high until a thick, glossy consistency is reached, then add each egg yolk individually followed by the the baking powder and beat for another minute Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon and combine wellLine a medium sized baking dish with baking paper, then pour in mixtureBake in oven for 30 - 40 minutesAllow cake to cool then remove from the baking trayIn a small saucepan, combine the thickened cream and condensed milk and heat over a low te…

Posna Svecena Pogaca

This recipe is for a decorative vegan bread, baked with no oil or butter, suitable for a Slava or Imenden (Holy Saint days) that falls within the fasting periods.



Ingredients:

2 packets of active dry yeast1 teaspoon of white sugar2 1/2 cups of warm water6 cups of plain flour1 tablespoon of salt

Decorative dough:1 cup of plain white flour1/4 cup of warm water


Method:
1. Sprinkle yeast over 1/4 cup warm water. Add a teaspoon of sugar and stir until dissolved. Leave to rise.
2. Combine 5 1/2 cups of flour and 1 tablespoon of salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
3. Pour in yeast and remaining warm water. Optional: add a few drops of holy water. Combine well.
4. Sprinkle remaining flour over a chopping board and knead dough for 10 minutes, adding as little additional flour as possible to the board. Dough should be soft but not too sticky.

5. Put dough into a large bowl, cover with a cloth, and let rise in a warm place until double in size.

6. Sprinkle board with a little flour, pu…