Macedonian Sweet Bread – Kozinjak (Original Recipe)


I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe for Macedonian sweet bread kozinjak for years. I have tried many recipes, but this one I can say that is the perfect one.



  •      20 g fresh yeast (half cube)
  •      50 ml milk
  •      50 ml yogurt
  •      50 ml oil
  •      50 g butter
  •      5 tbs sugar
  •      1 vanilla
  •      about 500 g flour
  •      2 eggs (1 for coating)


  1. Heat milk with yeast, sugar and a little flour to become lukewarm, not warm. Leave to foam.  
  2. Mix yogurt with egg.  
  3. Pour flour in a plastic bowl, add the yogurt with the egg, yeast, vanilla, and oil and knead a soft dough. 
  4. Once the dough is nicely kneaded, follows a tip for kozinjak to be rich in laces. Melt butter and let cool. Add a little to the dough while kneading, then put some on the hands, knead again and so on until all butter is spent. 
  5. Allow the dough to rest for approximately 1-2 hours, it’s the best if the temperature is around 25-30 degrees and the dough is covered to keep it warm.
  6. Put dough gently on an oiled desk and divide it into 3 parts from which you’ll form a braid. Put braid into the oiled mold, wrap in a bag and put in the oven for about 30 minutes at 25-30 C degrees. Once arrived, the braid is coated with a beaten egg with a little milk and sprinkled with crystalline sugar or sesame seeds.
  7. Bake at 180 degrees. Once you get a nice color, cover with aluminum foil and return to the oven. Total baking time should be around 40 minutes. 
  8. Coat baked kozinjak with butter and cover with a kitchen towel. 
  9. Try it, I guarantee you’ll love it. This is the recipe that you were searching for a long time.



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