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Food For Every Soul

 

Helloooo Helpers!!! Welcome to the first edition of Food for Every Soul a series by Amy and I where we interview people from Help Force about their favourite and famous recipes! For our first ever post, we decided to interview the amazing, sweet, cat/rat loving, our favourite Commander Nell!!

We asked her some questions about this secret recipe:
What recipe will you be talking about?
Nell: So this is between the most famous desserts in Romania. It’s called Cozonac. The English translation is like, Sweet Bread. It’s a traditional serving and we usually have it during important Christian holidays, like Easter and Christmas. There is no Christmas without having cozonac on your table.
The smell of warm cozonac and oranges is what makes an authentic Romanian Christmas. Because of the fact that Romania is divided in multiple regions, there are different traditions for each region and every recipe varies. It’s basically like a giant brioche

 

Is it a family recipe that’s been passed onto generations or a recipe that has a particularly interesting history to it?

Nell: I know that the first cozonac was made in Ancient Egypt probably and they made them as offerings for the gods. Well, it’s a traditional Romanian serving and tbh every family has a different way of making it.

They add different stuff like cocoa, walnuts, raisins, poppy seeds, dried fruits etc. And they add them in different proportions so every cozonac is unique. Even my grandma and my mom had a special way of making it. It’s a secret recipe which includes oranges, lemon and honey, but I can’t tell you more. Otherwise, I’d have to kill you.:waryhand:


Here comes the best part the Recipe!!!! ( As narrated by Nell )

Cozonac

» The first step would be stiffing the flour. It’s stiffed 3 times. No more, no less. 3 times.

» Then we warm the milk and it shouldn’t be hot. Vanilla and some other seeds can be added at this point. (It’s best if you use fresh yeast so we dissolve that into the milk, pour it in the flour and wait for the yeast to activate. It basically means that bubbles will appear.)

» We mix the egg yolks with salt and add it to the mixture but not directly on it because it might kill the yeast. We add butter and oil and then start mixing which is the fun part. We mix it with our hands and it’s so fun because I used to just lick my fingers :haha:

» Then we knead the dough which is usually done for 30-35 minutes, let it rest. We split it into 3-4 parts and add walnuts, cocoa and other stuff.

» We preheat the oven and we put those dough balls into buttered loaf pans. I think that’s it. It’s just AMAZAYN 


Nell even gave us the measurements to make it :shook~2:

For the dough

1 kg flour, 50 g fresh yeast, 500 ml milk, 350 g sugar (brown or white),1 vanilla bean, 100 g butter at room temperature, 100 ml sunflower oil, 5 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon salt, zest from one lemon and one orange.

For the filling

 We use chopped walnuts (MAKE SURE YOU DON’T ANY PARTS FROM THE HUSK or you’ll just break your damn teeth when eating) 5 egg whites, 5 tablespoons of sugar (white or brown), 4 tablespoons of cocoa, raisins, dried fruits, Turkish delight.

And some extra milk and egg to put it on the dough before putting it in the oven

Note: Check if the cozonac is done by inserting a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out clean, the sweetbreads are ready.


Any tips and tricks or why people may like this recipe, and any memories from making it?

 

Nell: Don’t add too much filling in it. Won’t taste that great. Also, mix it by hand xD You can use a mixing machine but it’s just better when you use your hands, Once again. Omg be careful with the walnuts and the husk. You don’t want to break your teeth.
My grandma made so many desserts during Christmas and she ran out of cocoa. So she added Nutella for the cozonac. I was like 7-8. She asked me to mix it and I remember I was mixing it but every now and then, I was eating the dough because it was just soooooo goooood!

And folks, We’ve reached the end of the post. We know you wanted to read more xD, But we will back next time with more fresh and delicious content !!. If anyone would like to share a recipe with us, DM either one of us with your ideas!!
Ps: Nell also said to DM her <3  if anyone needs help or tips to try out her recipe

Bon Appetit !!


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4 Responses

  1. Awwww Cuteee.. I would love to make some Cozonacs!!

  2. 😋 Cozonacs for me!

  3. I wish i could have it but uhh eggs i cant :sob:

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