Zhavoronki or Larks (little bird breads)
- 6 cups flour (I am using half whole wheat and half unbleached white)
- 1 cup sugar (next time I'm going to use honey)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 1/4 tsp. yeast
- orange zest (optional)
- cloves, raisins, or cranberries for eyes
- sunflower seeds or whole almonds for beak
Divide the dough into 40 pieces. Roll each piece into a long round shape. Tie each piece into a knot (we did not do this, but just formed it into a nice bird shape). Make one end into the shape of a head for the bird. The other end will be the tail feathers with a knife cut little lines. Put two cloves, raisins or cranberries (you can get creative) on each bird for the eye and a whole almond for the beak.
Bake for 20-30 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. We didn't get 40 out of this batch, but less, so next time, we'll have to portion out smaller pieces of dough. They were still fun to make!
P.S. I am still working on the vest...but the weather has turned warm, so I don't know if he'll even want to wear it:
That is really neat! I didn't know about that tradition for the Martyrs of Sebaste. It's funny, but I actually first learned the story of the Martyrs of Sebaste because of a sci-fi novel. One of the incidents in "The Vor Game" is based on the story of the Martyrs, and in reading something the author wrote about composing the novel, I learned about the Martyrs of Sebaste. Weird how you come to knowledge, sometimes.ReplyDelete
Oh so cute! Holy Martyrs, pray to God for us.ReplyDelete
I don't know about the Martyrs but I do love larks.ReplyDelete
Your knitting project is almost finished. Very pretty!
I love reading about all of your holidays and traditions! Makes me want to have some traditions of my own around here :)ReplyDelete
I know what you mean about the weather. It was 75F when I went out for my run a little while ago, and it's suppose to be 80F tomorrow! Looks like I'll be trading in my 3/4 length pants for my running shorts here before long!
Such cute bread! It's interesting to learn the meaning behind it, too.ReplyDelete
I hope you're having a good week!
I just made my first batch of these yesterday with a few neighbors. It was so much fun!ReplyDelete
Those look great :)ReplyDelete
Oh my, those are so sweet and creative. There is one of almost every shape!ReplyDelete
how cute! i've never seen bird bread. what a fun thing to do.ReplyDelete
I had never heard of this tradition before - your larks are charming! And the garden-planting gets me all excited just looking. Happy Spring!ReplyDelete