Serbian Pogaca Butter Bread

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Serbian Pogaca Butter Bread

A simple homemade bread, but it looks great on any table, festive or not. I was inspired by this bread recipe from Balkan cuisine, in fact it is called "Holiday Bread" or "Holiday Pogaca" and I noticed that there are many variations and shapes that you can make. I was somewhat impressed by this variant of bread, first of all because it is really beautiful, and of course my passion for everything that is simple.

It can be served like this in the middle of the table, everyone breaks a piece of it, you don't have to cut and that's the charm. And let me tell you, each piece has a soft core and beautiful layers, flavored with butter and extremely fluffy, I really did not expect such a texture.

In conclusion, I definitely recommend doing it, for festive occasions or you create them when you feel like something beautiful and delicious!


Bakers yeast
25 g
or 15g dry yeast
250 ml
to be slightly heated
0.5 tsp
White flour
600 g
1 tsp
3 pieces
+ 1 yolk for spreading bread on top
1 tbsp
Olive oil
2 tbsp
0.5 tsp
Melted butter
100 g
Sesame/poppy seeds
1 tsp
for decoration, it is optional

Step by step


In a bowl, dissolve the yeast with 100ml of warm milk and half a teaspoon of sugar.

Set aside for 10-15 minutes until it starts to froth.


During this time we prepare the rest of the ingredients, the honey dissolves in the remaining 150ml of warm milk (not hot!).


In a large bowl put flour, eggs, milk with honey, salt, oil, vinegar and yeast mixture.


Start mixing with a spatula or spoon until the dough comes together.


Then sprinkle a little flour on it and start kneading it with your hands, about 5-10 minutes until it no longer sticks but is soft and elastic.


Leave it in the bowl in a warm place, covered with a towel, for 1 hour or until it doubles in volume.


After this time, take it out on the table sprinkled with flour and cut it into 8 equal pieces.


Shape balls from them and let them rest on the table for 5 minutes.


Then each one spread it out in small rectangular sheets.


Grease them with butter and overlap 2 sheets, one on top of the other.


You run them together, notice in the picture that it is done during the run.


And so from the 8 dough balls we get 4 rolls greased with butter.


Cut the ends in place, about 3-4 cm from each - we get 8 rosettes from these edges.


Grease with butter a round shape (28cm) spread with baking paper.

Put these 8 cut dough rosettes in the middle of the tray.


Then cut each remaining roll into 4-5 triangles.


So move them together in the tray and put them around the rosettes.


So I did the rest of the rolls, I cut them and moved them to the tray. Arrange them as evenly as possible.


This is our bread, let it grow for 30-40 minutes under a towel.


That's how it should be, it grows very nicely and all the spaces will be filled.


In a bowl, mix the raw egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of milk.


Grease the bread on top with this mixture.


Sprinkle poppy seeds and sesame seeds, if you have and like them.

Put the bread in the preheated oven at 160-170 degrees for 40-45 minutes.


After the oven, leave it so hot in the pan for 15 minutes.


Then remove the edges, grease with a little butter on top and in parts.

Cover with a towel and allow to cool completely.


It stays just as fluffy and on the first or second day, it won't last longer :)

Good appetite!

Quantity: 1 kg (10-12 servings)
Prep time: 120 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 90 min
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