This is a recipe that I got from Martin’s baba. (FYI: Baba – Bulgarian for Grandmother) She just throws ingredients together visually. I am more of a “how many cups” kind of girl. Over a 2016 phone call she told Martin the ingredients she used for her Christmas Eve Pitka. With those ingredients and a bit of luck I put a Pitka recipe together. A couple of years have flown by and this year I updated with a few “FauxChef” additions. For Christmas 2018 I added some sugar and buttermilk. I thought these were a nice addition.
If you like, a Christmas Eve tradition is to put written charms and/or a coin in the bread. I wrap the coin in parchment paper or aluminum foil. With the charms I write a few positive expectations for the following year; good health, much happiness, that kind of stuff. I flip the bread over and make a slit with a knife and put the coin/charms in random spots. It is fun on Christmas Eve to see who gets the coin.
Martin said this was the best Pitka yet. I have made many different “Pitka’s ” throughout the years. This one seems to be a winner!!
5 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoons sugar
1 egg yolk (keep the egg white. You will need it to brush on top of bread)
2 cups plain yogurt (NOT non fat)
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I use Sunflower oil)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour baking pan. I used my cast iron skillet. (You don’t need to grease or flour if nicely seasoned.) You could also use a 9″ round cake pan.
- In a large bowl add dry ingredients. Whisk together and make a well by pushing the flour mixture to sides of bowl.
- Add eggs, egg yolk, oil and yogurt and buttermilk in center of bowl. Mix with hands. (Also, I use my standup mixer. That is easier for me.)
- After mixed together form a round, flat bread. (approx 9″ round, 2″height) Place in prepared baking pan. Brush top with egg whites.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until golden brown on top. I check doneness by checking temperature. 190 degree internal temperature is what I use.
- Take out of oven. While warm, wrap in a towel. When cooled place in plastic bag to store.