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    The Breads of Eastern Europe!

    Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:32 pm
    Forum Host

    Bread … the Staff of Life …. Move over Italy and France – I don’t think that breads are appreciated anywhere as much as they are in Eastern Europe. Whenever I go to Lithuania, I am amazed at the variety of breads that are available at the supermarkets – and if you venture into a farmers’ market – well, you cannot even count the number of wonderful breads that are there to tempt the discriminating buyer! I think this is generally true throughout the region.

    Eastern Europe has a wide range of climates and cultivation possibilities, so it runs the gamut of types of grain that end up in baked goods.

    Here are recipes that are associated with each of the countries in our region. Have you made any of them? Can you suggest any others? It was frustrating to read that bread is at the center of every meal in some countries, but not be able to find any recipes – I hope you can supplement the list!

    Albanian Cornbread - Pite

    Lavash Armenian Thin Bread
    Armenian Easter Bread
    Armenian Bread Rounds - Bread Machine

    Tendir Choreyi (Azerbaijan)


    Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Bulgarian Easter Bread (Kozunak)
    Festive Bread

    Potica (Croatian Nut Roll)

    Czech Republic
    Czech Sourdough Rye Bread [Šumava] in Bread Machine
    Homemade Sausage Kolaches

    Estonian Barley Skillet Bread

    Khachapuri (Georgian Feast Bread)

    Hungarian Christmas Bread
    Hungarian Country Bread

    Baursaki (Kazakhstan Fried Bread)

    Piragi Latvian Bacon Rolls

    Vaisiu Pyragas -- Fruit Bread (Lithuania)
    Lithuanian Bacon Buns
    Lithuanian Baltic Rye Bread (Sourdough) (although I've never seen bran or molasses in Lithuania !)


    Moldovan Bread

    Rustic Country Loaf
    Rye Bread Ala Polish Papa
    Polish Sourdough Rye Bread

    Cozonac-Romanian Holiday Sweet Bread

    Lapyoshka (Russian Flat Bread)
    Russian Rye Bread for the Bread Machine
    Russian Black Bread

    Serbia and Montenegro
    Serbian Pumpernickel Bread

    Slovak Republic
    Slovak Nut Bread

    Slovenian Easter Bread - Velikonocni Kruhki


    Tashkent Non (Uzbeki Bread)

    Last edited by duonyte on Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:46 pm, edited 2 times in total
    Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:36 pm Groupie
    Thanks a lot for your wonderful list and for all the imputs.
    I searched in the internet for your Tashkent Non (Uzbeki Bread) as I wanted to know as they look like.
    They look wonderful! Now I would like to have a chekich and prepare such beautiful breads as in this video!
    Have a nice sunday!
    Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:52 am
    Forum Host
    I want one too! Such a lovely bread, I've never seen anything like it here.
    Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:00 pm Groupie
    I found out that Leggy Peggy was in Usbekistan in February. Did she notice those stamps? Did she buy one?
    This morning I found the solution and here the result:
    duonyte's Tashkent Non (Uzbeki Bread) #479847

    My stamp is not perfect but I'm so happy now! Thanks dounyte!
    Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:15 pm
    Forum Host
    Wow, those are great looking!
    Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:15 pm Groupie
    Very nice bread. I've never seen bread where a stamp is used like that.

    I make a Polish sourdough rye differently from what's listed above. it uses a true rye starter from a mother starter (mine is 4 years old), not just an overnight preferment, therefore it can take 2-3 days to prepare the starter for use. The recipe is on my website at

    Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:38 pm
    Forum Host
    That looks great Joe.
    Red Apple Guy
    Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:37 am
    Forum Host
    Yes it do.
    Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:52 am
    Forum Host
    Wow, so impressive!

    I love homemade bread and love the results of making it but not so much into the process of doing it. not that much into baking at all. (crossing myself as my grandmother was a professional baker) I'm convinced yeast just doesn't like me. *sigh*
    Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:25 pm Groupie
    Joe, your bread look wonderful! Very impressive! yummy.gif
    I was never successful with sourdough/wild yeast, I could make my starter.
    Until now I worked with yeast and I love this taste very much.
    I tried different sourdough (bought) breads, but I really don't like them all very much especially if they are to sour.
    I had (but made) delicious sourdough baguettes and delicious sourdough Greek bread.
    Perhaps I have to try again changing flour and water.
    Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:07 am Groupie
    Joe that is some awesome bread!

    duontye thank you for including my rustic country loaf. Enjoyed reading this thread. icon_smile.gif
    Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:24 pm
    Forum Host
    My pleasure! Hope to see you and your bread baking skills both here and in the Breads and Baking forum!
    Red Apple Guy
    Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:46 am
    Forum Host
    Last Easter, my neighbor brought over some Kozunak, a Bulgarian Easter bread. It was delicious. Here's a recipe on this site: Bulgarian Easter Bread (Kozunak)

    Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:30 am
    Forum Host
    I wish I had a hunk of that with my coffee right now, Red!
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