|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 29g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This recipe for Serbian Lenten pogacha (POH-gah-cha), also spelled pogača, uses no eggs, milk, or butter, so it is perfect for fasting times, like the period before Christmas (Advent) and Easter (Lent).
Christian Orthodox Great Lent, in general, is a time of great fasting and there are many rules on what types of oil, if any, can be consumed. This lean Lenten white bread fits well within the guidelines.
Pogača (Balkan spelling), Pogacha (Anglicized spelling), Pogácsa (Hungarian spelling), poğaça (Greek), pogaçe (Albanian) are all rustic leavened or unleavened breads made with white flour or whole-wheat flour or a mixture a combination of the two. Some breads have a potato or cheese filling and herbs like dill and sesame mixed in with the flour.
In Bulgaria, where the bread is known as pogačice, it is more of a puff pastry affair and often served hot as an appetizer filled with sour cream or curd cheese or Bulgarian feta cheese. This is also popular in Turkey.
In Hungary, for example, pogácsa are made from either short dough or yeast dough. There are dozens of shapes and sizes with round being the most traditional.
A multitude of add-ins can be found either in the dough or on it, such as fresh cheese, aged cheese, pork crackling, sautéed cabbage, pepper, paprika, garlic, red onion, caraway, sesame, sunflower, or poppy seeds.
1 1/4 cups warm water, not more than 110 F
1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons oil
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
Add salt, sugar, and oil and stir until completely mixed.
Add flour and mix until a cohesive dough forms. Knead until smooth.
Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Preheat oven to 300 F. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a flat round.
Transfer to a sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Prick loaf all over with a fork. Rub top of bread with oil. Let stand, uncovered, 15 minutes in a warm place.
Bake 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 190 F. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.