(Wo)man doesn’t subsist on bread alone but……the amount of bread sold and consumed in the Czech Republic is astounding and staggering.
This observation is not based in any statistical fact but merely my personal experience. In other words- I. Eat. So. Much. Bread.
Why, you may ask?
1. It’s delicious
2. It’s so CHEAP!! I can (and have) bought a piece of bread for 2 korun. which is $0.051 in USD.
My amazing Czech buddy showed us how to make this delicious bread from scratch! Here’s her recipe, coupled with breathtaking photos taken by myself and my lovely roommate Nicole Lania.
* 500 g flour
* 2 teaspoons of salt
* 1 teaspoon of sugar
* 270 ml water
* ca. 20 g fresh yeast
* 60 g pork fat (it means 2 full spoons) (you can also use oil/butter)
2. Put flour into a bowl, add salt and mix.
3. Add the yeast and sugar to warm water (must be warm, not hot!)
Wait until the yeast grows and appears on the surface. In the meantime you can melt the pork fat and add it to the dough.
4. Add the water with yeast into the bowl and knead the dough. Add small amounts of water/flour if the dough is too dry or too sticky.
5. Kneaded dough should look like this. Cover it and wait approximately one hour and a half.
6. If it looks like this, the dough is ready!
7. Divide the dough into multiple pieces.
8. Shape dough into desired bakery goods. i.e. Croissants, knot, braids, rohliks..etc. Be Creative!
9. Now you need to cover the bakery goods. Whisk one egg with water/milk (around 2 tablespoons). You can also use seeds (i.e. sesame, poppy, flax) and/or grated cheese for typical Czech toppings.
10. Brush the bread with the egg mixture and sprinkle with seeds or cheese. Leave for 15 minutes then can put the bread into the oven. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
11. Let it cool down on the grill.
12. Enjoy your homemade bread!