Romanian Cozonac or Colac - a Christmas Bread

READY IN: 3hrs 45mins
SERVES: 10-12
YIELD: 1 loaf




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • For the Dough: Heat the milk to lukewarm.
  • In a separate bowl, crumble yeast.
  • Add 2 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp milk; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the 4 cups flour.
  • To the lukewarm milk, add 3 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, the melted butter, lightly beaten eggs, (and optional food colouring).
  • Add yeast mixture to remaining milk.
  • Beat all with with rotary beater until thoroughly blended.
  • Pour mixture over flour and work in, with a wooden spoon, until all flour has mixed well with milk mixture.
  • Now, knead with hands for about 5 minutes or until dough will not stick too your hands.
  • Cover with clean tea towel and place in warm spot. Allow dough to rise until double in size.
  • Punch down and knead again for 2 minutes.
  • Let rise again.
  • Roll out dough and fill with your favourite filling.
  • Cheese Filling: Cream cheese well, with fork.
  • Add cornstarch and egg yolks and mix well.
  • Add sour cream, 1 or 2 tbsp at a time.
  • Work quickly and mix thoroughly.
  • Add 4 tbsp sugar and flavouring.
  • Spread over the dough, and bake in a moderate oven (350°F) until done.
  • After 45 minutes, check for doneness.