Romania – Cozonac

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Cozonac. A Romanian sweet bread eaten at Easter and Christmas (or in my case, January). I thought this was going to be quite an undertaking when I looked at the recipe, and to be fair, it kind of was, but it was also great. It tastes just wonderful, the mix of chocolate and citrus, with a small punch of rum for good measure.

The recipe I used (linked here, because I’m not going to copy it out below) was supposed to yield two loaves, but being myself I thought I would “save time” and just make one mega-loaf. I cannot recommend doing this. The cooking time more than doubled, so I was hanging around my oven checking it for way over 2 hours. The density of dough and filling made it difficult to discern when it was actually cooked, and so I probably overdid it a little. Nevertheless, it was worth the wait.

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As with all enriched dough, it’s way easier to make if you have a mixer. I don’t, and just before making this I was saying about how I didn’t think I needed one because I like doing everything by hand. But this type of dough is so sticky that you end up with quite a lot of it adhered to your hand, which it would be nice to avoid. It is entirely do-able by hand though, just be prepared to spend a while cleaning your hands afterwards.
There isn’t much to say about Brexit really at the moment, it’s just the same old stuff. We’re thinking about buying a lot of food to fill our cupboards with as no deal becomes ever more imminent. It’s a sad time.
This post is part of a series called ‘Brexit Baking’, where I bake my way around all 28 EU Member States. You can read more about it here.

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