Damjan’s family celebrates St George as their Slava (Patron Saint Day) on November 16. This year, Mira taught us how to make Slavski kolač, the special Slava bread with its own Facebook page.
The bread is highly decorated, and in our case, slightly sweet and lemony.
Mira used her Kitchen Aid to make dough, which we form into balls.
We let the dough rise and it joins into the base of the Slavski kolač. Damjan coats it with egg.
Slavski kolač is traditionally decorated with doves, sheaves of wheat, grape bunches, barrels, flowers and religious symbols.
We are keen to add our own embellishments. Damjan is shaping a dinosaur here.
Damjan goes to the effort of giving the dinosaur eyes.
Here is the Slavski kolač, all baked. The decorations are white because they aren’t coated in egg the way the base is. See the large white lump at the bottom of the photo? Unfortunately, our dinosaur slipped into the edge of the baking dish and became unrecognisably fossilised.
The traditional way of breaking the bread seems to be a tug-of-war.