Moldovan Bread

Recipe by duonyte
READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • In a large bowl mix the warm water, sugar, the yeast, and a cup of flour. Mix it with a spoon until smooth. Let stand for about 15 minutes - you should start to see the yeast begin to work.
  • Mix in the oil and the salt. Start adding the rest of the flour, mixing until it is incorporated and the dough comes together.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface (I usually use an oiled surface for kneading) and knead until you have a smooth dough, about 10 minutes.
  • Place in a greased bowl, cover and let stand in a warm place until the dough is doubled.
  • Turn out of bowl onto floured surface. Deflate the dough by kneading gently and let rest 15 minutes.
  • Divide dough into six pieces and shape each piece into a rope. Braid three pieces into a loaf; repeat with remaining pieces.
  • Place each braid into a greased loaf pan, cover and let rise until nearly doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 400 deg F (200 deg C)
  • Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Turn out of pans and brush with a little oil.