Bulgarian Cuisine · Bulgarian culture · Bulgarian Orthodoxism · Traditions

Pitka – Bulgarian Christmas Bread

Tomorrow is New Years Eve & time to get the Pitka ready! Честита Нова Година (Happy New Year)!

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Martin requests this bread each Christmas Eve.  This bread is eaten Christmas Eve and throughout the holiday.  A coin is placed inside the dough while kneading.  The person who finds the coin in their piece of bread can expect good luck for the coming year.  You can also add positive messages in the bread for the New Year ahead. christmas 003Another Bulgarian tradition is what remains of the Christmas Eve feast you leave out on the table in the belief that deceased friends and relatives will come and dine when everyone is away or sleeping.  I enjoy these traditions.  This bread is time consuming but simple and tastes delicious.

Updated 2016 – Also, there is a simpler Pitka bread that Martin called a village bread that I bake now for Christmas Eve.  This simple bread was what his grandmother made.  The one above I found online in my early searches and…

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