Velikonoční Jidášky - Judas rope Recipe
Velikonoční Jidášky - Judas rope
Flavours of the Czech Republic
Total time: more than 2 hours

Rising time: 2 1/2 hours
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

These breakfast rolls, made to look like ropes, suggest the fate of Judas Iscariot, who “went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5 NKJV) in despair after he had betrayed Jesus to His enemies.

They usually served with honey for breakfast on "Green" (Holy) Thursday.

For approx. 50 small buns

- 500 g flour
- 30 g yeast or 1 cube
- 60 g sugar or more to taste
- 250 ml / 1 cup warm milk
- 60 g cold melted butter
- 2 yolks + 2 other yolks for the glaze
- 1 pinch of salt
- liquid honey

Making the kvásek (yeast mixture)

  1. In a bowl, crumble the yeast in half of the lukewarm milk, with one teaspoon of sugar, and one teaspoon of flour. Let bloom for 10-15 minutes.


  1. In a separate bowl, beat the butter with sugar.
  2. Add 2 egg yolks and the salt. Mix well.
  3. Slowly add the leavened yeast mixture and the rest of the lukewarm milk (100 ml).
  4. Gradually incorporate the flour.
  5. Knead the dough until soft but not too sticky. Sprinkle with flour, cover with a clean dishtowel and leave to rise in a warm place for 2 hours, until doubled in volume.
  6. Punch down the dough, cut into pieces and roll into thin logs about 20cm long and the width of your finger. Shape into spirals, S-shape ropes and knots.
  7. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, and let rise for another 15 minutes.


  1. Brush the buns with beaten egg yolk.
  2. Bake at 200°C / 400°F for about 30 minutes.
  3. Brush with warm honey mixed with a little water.
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