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Easter is my favorite time of the year. Days become longer, the sun shines more brightly, the spring has brought new hope, and summer is just around the corner. How not to love it? In addition to new beginnings and the dyed eggs, the kozunak is another element that I associate with Easter. It`s a traditional sweet bread made in Bulgaria especially for the occasion. This year I decided to try to prepare it myself. My task was to find a recipe that would please our little daughter, and also include appropriate products. I experimented with several recipes, and finally I`ve made these super delicious Easter muffins a.k.a. kozunak muffins. I prepared the dough in a bread machine, and then I baked it in the oven in muffin cups. The best part about this recipe is that you can add chocolate pieces in the muffin cups for the grown ups. That’s what I did. I prepared a few muffins for my daughter, and I added chocolate pieces and walnuts to the others. Try the recipe yourself – it`s relatively easy and the Easter muffins are really tasty!

Easter muffins

Easter muffins 1

What you`ll need:

350 g flour

70 g coconut sugar

80 g soft butter, cut into small pieces

120 g milk

1 egg

2 tsp. dry yeast

1 tsp. salt

1 vanilla powder

How to cook it:

Divide the yolk from the egg white. Leave the egg white aside, you`ll need it later. Whisk the yolk with the sugar. Add the milk and vanilla and stir well.

Pour the mixture into the bread machine. Sift the flour and salt and add on top. Finally, put the dry yeast. Turn on the dough kneading program on the machine. Then start adding the butter. When you are finished, close the lid.

Wait for the kneeling program to finish and run again. Remove the dough on your working space and divide into small balls. Grease your hands with oil and grab one of the balls. Divide in two, stretch on strips and wind up on a braid. Twist and put in a muffin cup. Keep in mind that the dough should increase its volume twice. Repeat with the remaining balls of the dough. I came out with 16 muffin cups.

Put the muffin cups in a preheated to 50° oven.  When the dough increases its volume twice, remove the muffin cups and put them on your working space. Heat the oven to 180 °.

Whisk the egg white and smear the Easter muffins with it. Sprinkle with sugar on top. Return to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Check if they are ready with a toothpick.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool and then store in a box. Enjoy!

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