Romanian Cozonac or Colac - a Christmas Bread
225 mins (prep 180, cooking 45)
14 ingredients
1 servings
At Christmas time Romanian mothers readied the dough for baking these delicious breads with a variety of fillings. The smells of Cozonac baking would stir my senses. As a little girl, I knew there would be merriment and lots of good food. On Christmas Eve, relatives and their friends with musical instruments moved from house to house in the large Romanian community where I grew up. They would serenade us with Romanian Christmas songs and my mother would lay out Cozonac, Placinta with apples or sweetened cottage cheese, yeast doughnuts with lemon curd filling, and other lovely Old World style baking. There would be fresh sarmale (cabbage rolls), mititea, (sausage), pickled cucumbers, liquors and liqueurs, and home made wine. If families could afford it, money was also given to the carollers which would be divided between them at the end of their carolling. The feast was the carollers' reward for bringing joy in our homes, and was my signal that Mosu Craciun (Father Christmas) was about to arrive.The carollers moved throughout the Romanian community all night, during Christmas Eve, until dawn. I would sneak out of bed to watch the muscicians and listen to the carols. When they were gone I was sent to my bed, but quietly sneaked a peek to watch my parents put out the few toys for the youngest children and stockings filled with fruit nuts and cookies for the elders, and perhaps new mittens and socks. I was the eldest girl.There are many variations of fillings for the Cozonac. The basic dough does not vary much.

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Serving Size (1331.57 g)
Servings 1
Amount per Serving
Calories 3975.13 Calories from Fat 1281.24
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 142.36g 219.01%
Saturated Fat 84.29g 421.43%
Trans Fat 3.88g %
Cholesterol 448.31mg 149.44%
Sodium 5575.15mg 232.3%
Total Carbohydrate 558.02g 186.01%
Dietary Fiber 51.68 g 206.72%
Sugars 187.73 g %
Protein 151.09g 302.19%
Vitamin A 4112.8IU% Vitamin C 14.19mg%
Calcium 2781.56mg% Iron 18.44mg%
*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
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fresh, yellow food coloring, flavoring