Merry Christmas to you all!
In the past days I was preparing specific Romanian holidays sweets, and on the top of my list was also the Romanian cozonac. This sweet bread is part like panettone or brioche, but with an specific filling. This year I made my first and I was amazed how easy can be made. In my family is a known tradition that for the big holidays we must make cozonac. My grandma was doing all the time big cozonaci and there was no Christmas without this amazing sweet bread. She was doing it traditionally, using the hands with home-made and organic ingredients, how the french will say à l’ancienne. I didn’t dared to knead the dough manually, so I used the bread machine. The result was a wonderful doré cozonac.
I had an hard time to resize all the quantities of ingredients to smaller numbers, because my grandma’s recipe was for 1kg flour. I have just a loaf pan and this is small and no neighbors to share, if is too much. So I wanted a small cozonac, but equally tasty and beautiful. The result with 300g flour you can see below, and the taste I guarantee you it was amazing. Lesson learnt : don’t be scare of recipes that look complicated, give them a try and you’ll see they aren’t actually so impossible to make.
For the filling:
2 tablespoons dried apricots, cut in small pieces
2 tablespoons of ground nuts
2 tablespoons chocolate
3 tablespoons crystal sugar
4 tablespoons milk