April 14, 2009

Velikonocni Kruhki (Slovenian Easter Buns - Eggless)




I am not very sure how to pronounce that either. In Slovenian, "Kruh" means bread and "kruhki" means little breads. Easter, in Slovenia, is called "Velica Noc", meaning great night. So that's what Velikonocni Kruhki means – Easter buns!
Despite that rather complicated looking name, these Easter buns are very easy to make. I found the recipe for them at the Eastern European Food section on About.com.




These buns are made from slightly sweet yeasted dough and are described as somewhat like the hot cross buns without the decorative icing crosses. These buns are part of the Easter "zegen" basket which is blessed on Holy Saturday and eaten on the morning of Easter Sunday.

The zegen (or benediction) basket is an Easter tradition in many Eastern European countries, including Slovenia. Certain foods, including sweet bread, ham, egg and fruit, are put into a basket and covered with an embroidered cloth and taken to church on Holy Saturday ( a day of fasting) to be blessed. This blessed food is then given to every member of the family on Easter Sunday and the first food eaten that morning.
More on Slovenian cuisine can be found here.

Most bread traditionally baked for Easter are usually rich (naturally as they are celebratory breads) and contain a lot of butter, sugar and eggs. Apart from the fact that these Slovenian buns are very easy to make, I chose them because they do not require eggs and they contain my favourite spice – cardamom




I followed the original recipe but halved it to make 6 buns. I didn't have candied citron and did not glaze my buns with egg yolk, but made no changes otherwise. I baked them at 180C for 30 minutes.

The cardamom in the buns ensures that your kitchen permeates with a wonderful aroma when the buns are baking. They are indeed not too sweet and very lightly flavoured and make for very nice breakfast bread, if you would like to make them during the rest of the year.
I am not too sure what these buns are served with, but I found that they are pretty good as they are or quite nice with cheddar cheese.

These Velikonocni Kruhki are my entry to Zorra's BBD # 19 being hosted by Cinzia of Cindystar where the theme is "Spring Country Breads".

These buns also go to Zorra who is hosting YeastSpotting this week.



28 comments:

Soma said...

U beat me in this:-) Yesterday I bookmarked these, as I found this among the very few that did not use eggs except for the wash..

yours came out soo good & fluffy!

Cham said...

Ground cardam is simply would have turned out an excellent aromatic bun! Looks delicious!

Asha said...

Love Cardamom buns, I have posted one too, smells so good, doesn't it? :)

Great entry.

Prathibha said...

cardamom buns looking yummy..would like to grab some..:)

Aparna said...

:D
Soma, let that not discourage you from baking them. They're good.

Yes, Cham and Asha. There's something special about the aroma of cardamom and bread wafting through. :)

A_and_N said...

They look so cute, Aparna! :)

Anonymous said...

hi aparna, nice buns.. that too without eggs, will surely try these. can u plz advice me on which oven is good for baking in india.
-sindhu

Divya Vikram said...

They look great with the beautiful airpockets Aparna.

Ashwini said...

Can smell the aroma of cardamom in that bun..Looks so perfect and delish..

Cynthia said...

As long as these have cardamom in them I'm definitely bookmarking to try :)

Audax Artifex said...

These are very very similar to the Easter Buns we have in Finland the use of cardamon is common throughout Northern Europe. Great work on blogging about Easter foods and I just love all the Indian foods that you post about there are very colourful and exotic recipes, will try to make some. Yours Audax - thanks for the comment in "on-the-spot" in DBers forum.

Indhu said...

these look so soft and puffy :)
and yeah.. cardamom has a wonderful aroma!

Suparna said...

Hi Aparna,
Tha's a gr8 piece of info.I really couldn't pronounce some words in the first para ...lol neways the buns look really eat me up types...aromatic, toothsome n almost eggless wow that's a treat surely :) Enjoy!
TC

jayasree said...

Likede these soft,aromatic buns.

Madhumathi said...

wow...you are introducing new baking recipes to me..I wanna try all of them from your blog.The easter buns look so soft and i wanna try them..Great post!

Rachel said...

The crumb looks very tender...

Raaga said...

Oh... these look lovely. :)

Lien said...

Great rolls, they look so fluffy!

zorra said...

Wonderful buns not only for an Easter breakfast or brunch.

Sharmila said...

They do look soft ... I have been wanting to bake soft milk buns for a while but just canot zero in on any recipe. Good that you did not use eggs ... maybe I'll try making these. :-)

rekhas kitchen said...

perfect buns looks soft and any time for break fast or brunch book marked

Vaishali said...

Mmm, I can smell that cardamom all the way here! And the sight of those plump buns is making me really hungry, Aparna.

Le @HC said...

would like a few of those buns :) Nice pic.

kahliyalogue said...

Oh my God! did u say Cardamom? Im crazy about cardamom!And I just brought back some of the greenest and strongest flavored Cardamom I have ever seen from Jordan..! This is my first to see buns baked wth it aswell as being eggless which is a true treat for me! I have got to try this! Thanx!

sra said...

I need another, longer, holiday with you, Aparna! :-D

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Very pretty, and I'm in for anything cardamom!

Aparna said...

Yes, there is something about the aroma of cardamom, especially in baked goods.

I saw your Easter buns and they look delicious, Soma. Much better than mine.:)

Sindhu,
I'm not sure about which is the best oven. What I have is an LG microwave-grill-convection 30L oven and I'm quite happy with it. I know many bloggers who have OTGs and find them pretty good too.
So you might need to check out what is available and decide what suits you best.

I hope you come to enjoy Indian food too, Audax.

Do try these, Mia. They're easy to make as well.

So when are you coming down, Sra? :D

Cindystar said...

Thank you so much, Aparna, and sorry again for the misunderstanding!
These buns look wonderful and still I have leraned something new from a foreign country!
Have a nice day!