Rising time: 2 1/2 hours
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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.
Making the kvásek (yeast mixture)
- 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.
- In a separate bowl, beat the butter with sugar.
- Add 2 egg yolks and the salt. Mix well.
- Slowly add the leavened yeast mixture and the rest of the lukewarm milk (100 ml).
- Gradually incorporate the flour.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, and let rise for another 15 minutes.
- Brush the buns with beaten egg yolk.
- Bake at 200°C / 400°F for about 30 minutes.
- Brush with warm honey mixed with a little water.
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