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.
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Maria Goretti


Maria Goretti dons many hats – TV anchor, model, dancer, chef and an award-winning author. She kickstarted her career as a VJ and toured with musicians around the world, while audiences came to love her as a warm and friendly face on TV. In 2011, she pursued her passion for baking and cleared a Cordon Bleu certificate course in food and baking at the Tante Marie School of Cookery, UK, run by Gordon Ramsay, with top honours. Soon after, she dabbled with writing and published a cookbook ‘From My Kitchen To Yours’ that was recognised as the best television chef book in English by a popular chef at the Gourmand World Cookbook in 2017. With television being one of her foremost passions, she has hosted several food shows that explore the intricacies of cooking. On Living Foodz, Maria’s show ‘I Love Cooking’ garnered high praise, and more recently ‘I Want To Bake Free’ is dedicated to those who love breads, cakes, cookies, savouries and everything else in the universe of baking.

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