In this episode of I Want to Bake Free, Chef Maria Goretti teaches you how to make Cesnica bread which the Serbians usually eat during Christmas feast. Sit back and enjoy the recipe.
Cesnica Recipe by Chef Maria Goretti

- European


- 3

Cooking Time

-20 Min


- Medium

Preparation Time

- 20-22 Min


  • For Cesnica: 1 kg refined flour
  • 250 gm ragi flour
  • 50 gm activated dry yeast
  • 120 gm softened butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 20 ml vegetable oil
  • ½ Cup warm water
  • 2 eggs wash
  • 2 tsp flax seeds
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  1. 1

    Procedure to make Cesnica: In a bowl add refined flour, ragi flour, activated dry yeast, butter, eggs, oil, warm water and prepare a dough.
  2. 2

    In a bowl add oil, place the dough in it and add more oil.
  3. 3

    Cover the dough with a cloth for 40 minutes.
  4. 4

    Add a flour and roll the dough on it.
  5. 5

    Add the dough in the baking tin.
  6. 6

    Divide the dough into three parts and roll it out.
  7. 7

    Make a rope design with the two dough rolls.
  8. 8

    Cut the dough roll into two and place it in the baking tin in a crossed shape.
  9. 9

    Place the rope dough on the edge of the baking tin.
  10. 10

    Cover it with a piece of cloth for 30 mins.
  11. 11

    Brush the egg wash on the dough.
  12. 12

    Add flax seeds and bake it in a preheated oven at 180' C for 20 minutes.
  13. 13

    Once baked Cesnica is ready to serve.
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Maria Goretti has a long list of accolades under her belt, from being a VJ and a dancer to an award-winning author. Her shows on LF are charged by her effervescent personality as she simplifies some of the most complicated cooking and baking techniques.

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