Primorski Uskrsne Bebe/ Croatian Easter bread dolls is traditional slightly sweet yeast dough braided around a colored hard-boiled egg, giving the appearance of a swaddled babyToday is Easter, this year we all are staying at home, so kids get involved in everything. I decided to make Primorski Uskrsne Bebe/ Croatian Easter Bread Dolls as part of World Easter bread Series. Croatians makes Easter bread Pinca for the Easter basket. With the same dough they make Primorski Uskrsne Bebe/Croatian Easter Bread Dolls.
What is Primorski Uskrsne Bebe: Croatian Easter Bread Dolls
Croatian Easter bread dolls or primorski uskrsne bebe (literally "Easter babies from Primorje") are traditionally made in Primorje and Istria on the Adriatic Coast from pinca.
Croatians makes round sweet Easter bread called pinca to put it into Easter basket and take it to church for the Holy Saturday for blessing. With the same dough they makePrimorski Uskrsne Bebe/ Croatian Easter Bread Dolls for kids. I It basically looks like a swaddled baby. Dyed eggs are the head of baby peeking through the swaddle.
They are prepared with a slightly sweet yeast dough braided around a colored hard-cooked egg, giving the appearance of a swaddled baby. Traditionally eggs are dyed red, however nowadays there are other colors are used to make the Croatian Easter Bread Dolls.
Best part of making Primorski Uskrsne Bebe/ Croatian Easter Bread Dolls
Kids can take part in the various stages of making this Primorski Uskrsne Bebe/ Croatian Easter Bread Dolls. From dying the eggs to making the dough, placing the eggs and finishing the bread with drawing faces on the eggs. I used food color for dying the eggs in this recipe. If you want, you can naturally dye the eggs recipe is here. This recipe is inspired from here, I reduced the amount of recipe and adjusted according to our taste buds. I have added orange zests and vanilla extract also and made 3 bread dolls.
How I made Primorski Uskrsne Bebe/ Croatian Easter Bread dolls
In order to make a delicious sweet yeast bread you need to remember these points.
• Always use All-purpose flour rather than bread flour as later makes chewy bread.
• Use whole milk rather than 2% or fat free milk as it makes softer dough
• Use soften butter vs melted butter. You need to combine soften butter into the dough to make brioche kind of dough
• Use orange zest, if you have lemon zest you can use that too in combo with orange zest
• You can add vanilla extract or orange blossom extract. I added Vanilla extract
• If you are using yeast, use SAF gold yeast as they tend to work better in the presence of sugar. If you don’t have SAF Gold Yeast in hand, try to use slightly more instant yeast to make it work.
• Bread dough should be sticky, don’t be tempted to add any extra flour.
• You can use flour while braiding to prevent from sticking to the counter
• In order to get final glossiness, you need to use egg wash with egg and water.
• It will easy if you dyed the egg one day earlier and make the bread next day.
Next, I am going to try this bread with my sourdough starter. Let you know how it turned out for you next post. If you tried this recipe, please tag me in Instagram or upload a picture in Pinterest I will update this blog post with your picture and credits will be given to you.
Primorski Uskrsne Bebe/Croatian Easter Bread Dolls
- 1 cup/240 ml whole milk
- ½ pack / 1 ⅛ tsp/ 3.5 g Yeast SAF Gold
- 1 large beaten egg
- ¼ cup / 55g sugar
- ¼ cup /55g butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 ⅛ cup/385g All-purpose flour
- Zest of one orange
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 3 hardboiled eggs dyed
- 1 more egg for the egg wash
- Hard boil the eggs, and then dye to dye eggs:
- Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring in 1 cup of hot water in a bowl or jar. Submerge the egg completely. And keep aside few hours or overnight in refrigerator.
- For making the Dough.
- Heat milk in microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Then add the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar to proof a little. This step will help you to check that your yeast is not working.
- In kitchen aid bowl, combine eggs, sugar, butter and salt, mixing well. Add the yeast-milk mixture and half the flour and beat well. Add remaining flour gradually, until a smooth, soft dough is formed.
- Place dough in a greased bowl. Allow to rise, covered, until doubled in size. Punch down, turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.
- Divide dough into 3 equal pieces of 252 g each (then each into 3 pieces ( 83.55g of each ) again). Cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
- Pre-heat oven to 375 F/ 190 C. Using 3 pieces per doll, roll into 3 (12-inch) ropes. Make a T shape using 2 ropes for the top of the T and 1 for the downstroke. Put a cooked colored egg on the join of the ropes, with the central rope behind the egg. Then start plaiting, initially wrapping around the egg, creating a hood for the doll’s face.
- Pull the left strip over and down under the right side of the egg, and the right strip over and down under the left side of the egg. It doesn’t really matter how you do it, if the “face” of the egg peeps through. Plait the remainder of the rope below the egg and pinch the ends together.
- Place doll on a lined baking tray and repeat the process with remainder of the dough balls. Cover with cling film and allow to rise about 15 minutes or until it proofed little. Egg-wash the dolls with 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Use a marker pen to paint faces on the dolls when cooled.
For more Easter bread recipes please check here.1
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.