About 6 weeks ago, a young man came into the bakery. He was well dressed, and had a pleasant demeanor. He had a query: Could I make a Ukrainian wedding bread for his fiancee? Now, I am not the fount of all yeasted consumables, and don’t profess to know all there is to know , about all things baked so…..I was intrigued. “Bring me a photo”, I asked, “and I’ll make it for you”. A couple of hours later, the same pleasant demeanored gentleman returned with an equally pleasant demanored and pleasant looking woman who told me her name was “Yuliya”, and produced a very interesting looking photo of a baked yummy called a “Korovai”. “Could I make this?” she asked. I responded that I would be happy to do it. The couple returned a couple of weeks later, and I produced a sample of what the bread would TASTE like. It was met with approval, and we confirmed the pickup for August 19, a day before the big day. It was a joy to make, as I had never undertaken one such as this before, and I hope to make many more in the future…..Here is the recipe, and the photos of the process, as well as the finished result. All told, I was quite happy with my first KOROVAI!
I made a starter the day before….For flavor, along with the other ingredients….
The finished , shaped dough…In the pan, with a parchment collar.
The decorations: A pair of doves, a pair of intertwined hearts, and a couple of daisies, or sunflowers…
The finished product, it smelled wonderful!