Something I make once a year and thouroughly enjoy doing. This special bread is taken to church on the day and blessed by the Priest. It is then broken in half by the family members and small drops of wine are poured.
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar
1 sachet of yeast
Luke warm water
In a very large bowl add flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Mix dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. Gradually add the luke warm water and start kneading the dough until you have a smooth texture. Leave to prove for about 30-40 minutes. Once the dough has doubled in size, knead well again and leave to prove for another 30-40 minutes.
After the second proving, shape the bread and place into a baking tray brushed with oil. The bread will rise again in size while you are making the cross for the top decoration. Place the cross on top of the bread and bake on 250C for about 30 minutes or until golden on top. Reduce heat to 200C and bake for another 30-35 minutes. To check if it is ready tap the bread from the bottom, if it sounds like it is hollow it is ready, otherwise return to the oven for a little longer.
Happy Baking :)