Orthodox sacramental bread

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Saint Day season started on the 27th October for those of us who follow the old Julian calender, and this is my own testament to a baking tradition that has run in my culture for decades.
For some people it's about tradition, for some it is a religious matter, but all the same, the family Saint Day amongst Orthodox Christians is rarely celebrated without a sacramental bread. It symbolically represents the Christ as a bread of life and it usually has a stamp ( upper right corner) bearing letters IS HS NI KA, meaning Jesus triumphs.
It is usually covered in religious ornaments, as this one, only I just put a fraction of the usual amount of decoration. Sometimes, when the bakers imagination takes over, ornaments are everything you can see at the top.
 There is a very old way of making this bread with hot water, but I doubt that anyone does it nowadays. The kind of bread you make is very pretty much down to you, or depends on a geographical region. I like to use  my Brioche dough . Divide the dough into four equal parts and arrange them in a baking tin like on the picture below:


For the decoration, you need a simple dough made of flour and water and your imagination. It does not have to be religious bread, I am thinking of a bunch of roses all over it!


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9 comments

  1. Predivan slavski kolac, zelim vam sve najlepse i da lepo proslavite praznik.:)))

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  2. Hvala draga moja, malo tradicije nikome ne moze da naudi:))))

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  3. Ako se za slavski kolač može reći da je prelep onda je ovaj baš takav. Sacramental bread, odličan prevod. Ukrasi su baš kao što i treba ostali beli.

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  4. Hvala puno Jelena, lepo te je opet "sresti". Veliki pozdrav :)

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  5. Ja se izuzetno lepo osećam kad god mesim slavski koilač.Tvoj kolač je jako lep.Srećna vam slava!!!

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  6. Hvala od sveg srca, lepo od Vas sto ste se javili:))

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  7. Predivan kolac. To je, zaista, poseban hleb. Srecna slava!

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