Bulgarian Easter Bread (Kozunak)

480 mins (prep 120, cooking 360)
15 ingredients
8 servings
Got this recipe from my Bulgarian mother-in-law (took notes while she made it, and have made it since). This makes a lot, so feel free to halve it - I often do, but it also freezes really well. It's a day's project, but well worth it - we love the combination of the lemon zest and the rummy raisins in this fresh bread. The braiding is the traditional form, but I have also made this in small loaf pans just to save time, and rolls are yummy too. Be careful not to cook too long - you will lose the wonderful stretchy yeasty moist texture.

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Serving Size (527.91 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 2032.74 Calories from Fat 515.7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57.3g 705.27%
Saturated Fat 13.82g 552.76%
Trans Fat 0.87g %
Cholesterol 66.57mg 177.52%
Sodium 817.49mg 272.5%
Total Carbohydrate 331.82g 884.84%
Dietary Fiber 34.01 g 1088.41%
Sugars 114.63 g %
Protein 60.89g 974.22%
Vitamin A 489.12IU% Vitamin C 4.26mg%
Calcium 746.1mg% Iron 12.15mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4