January 3, 2012


Kalács is a Hungarian sweet bread similar to brioche baked in a braided form and it is typical for Easter, but in our family it may not be missed during Xmas time. Similar braided breads are popular in other Eastern European countries as well. However you do not need any kind of holiday to enjoy this light bread!

1 kg flour
80 g sugar
100 g butter

800 ml milk
30 g fresh yeast
1 teaspoon salt

Heat milk until lukewarm. Crumble yeast and sprinkle about a teaspoon of sugar over it, then pour 100 ml lukewarm milk over it. Mix flour with salt and the rest of the sugar. Pour yeasty milk into a mold in the flour and start kneading, while adding the rest of the milk. As soon as the dough seems to come together and it is almost smooth add lukewarm, molten butter and knead until smooth. Let it rest in a warm place for an hour. Cut in three pieces and form one 26 cm kalács and two small ones. Put each in baking paper covered cake molds and let it rise for another half an hour. Bake for about an hour (the smaller ones might need 10-15 minutes less) over 160°C.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a beautiful bread! Mmmhhh, perfect with some lemon curd.

Happy New Year!



Marysol said...

Rich-looking bread, with a beautiful crumb, and not a single egg in sight? Love!

chriesi said...

@Rosa: Oh yeah! :)

@Marysol: Ah stupid me, I forgot to note it to glaze it with an egg before baking, otherwise it won't be shiny, but you can leave it away.

Anonymous said...

Not only in Eastern European countries. It's traditional also in Germany :-)

beti said...

it looks like if it had perfect consistency I've never heard about it but it looks pretty good

sybille said...

So eine schöne, wunderbare, goldene Farbe. Ich liebe Hefegebäck.

chriesi said...

@SnapHappy: Yeah, that't true. :)))

@beti: Everything depends on the flour!

@sybille: Danke! Oh ja, ich auch!

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

Oh, how I really want to learn how to bake good bread!!! But yeast has always been my foe! Any tips for a novice (or less-than-a-novice) wanna-be breadmaker like me? What's the secret to making a nice, good bread?

chriesi said...

Well, I am also no expert in baking bread, but such sweet breads are easy, try it! I bet you can not fail!

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