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Easter sweet bread - Mazanec

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Traditional Easter bread from Czech republic.
Course Bread, Breakfast, Easter, Snack, Traditional, Vegetarian
Cuisine Czech
Keyword bread, Easter, Festive, Holidays, Traditional
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
2 hrs 1 min
Total Time 3 hrs 11 mins
Servings 2 Loaves
Author Foodieglam


  • 500 g Plain flour
  • 2 tbsp Self-raising flour
  • 125 g Soft butter
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 250 ml Milk or non-dairy
  • 4 Eggs - Yellows
  • 14 g Instant Yeast - 3/4 fresh yeast
  • Lemon Zest
  • Extras Chocolate chips, almond pieces, raisins


Yeast starter

  • Warm up the milk and add instant yeast and sugar. Make sure the milk is not too hot. It should be a lukewarm temperature.
  • Let it rise in a warmer place for 20 minutes or until you will see bubbles and it's double size.


  • In the large bowl mix all dry ingredients and combine well.
  • In the smaller bowl whisk soft butter with eggs yolks and pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and combine for another minute. If you use a stand mixer you don't have to mix the eggs separately. Let's combine for 7 minutes or until the dough is flexible and soft.
  • Once the dough is mixed well, you can also knead with your hands to make sure the structure of the dough is done properly. Add raisins or chocolate chips and combine.
  • Brush a large bowl with vegetable oil and place the dough into the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or towel. Let it rise for another hour or until the dough gets double size.
  • Once the dough rises make the same size loaves or plaited the bread. You can play with the shape of the bread.
  • Let it rise for another 40 minutes.
  • Slightly brush over with the egg and put it into the oven for 40 minutes or until the bread is golden and properly baked inside.
  • Let cool it down or enjoy warmer with butter.
  • Enjoy :)