Serbian Slava Bread (Slavski Kolac)

Serbian Slava Bread Decorated in Traditional Style
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Prep: 60 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
507 Calories
39g Fat
33g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 507
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 21g 107%
Cholesterol 220mg 73%
Sodium 530mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 9g
Calcium 104mg 8%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Slava bread or slavski kolac is an important part of the religious aspects of Krsna Slava or the celebration of a Serbian family's patron saint day. In many homes, the parish priest comes to the home to bless the bread before any festivities can begin.


  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cup water (warm)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 eggs (slightly beaten)
  • 1 lemon (grated rind and juice)
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 to 7 cups flour (bread or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Steps to Make It

  1. Dissolve yeast, sugar, and 3 tablespoons flour in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups warm water, salt, butter, eggs, lemon rind and juice, and sugar. Add proofed yeast and about 4 cups flour and beat well.

  3. Add remaining flour gradually, beating well, until dough is stiff. Knead as for bread, about 5 minutes by machine or 10 minutes by hand, and put in a greased bowl to rise.

  4. When double in size, knead again briefly. Reserving a handful of dough to decorate the top, make a round loaf. Put in a well-greased 9-inch round, 3-inch deep pan.

  5. Decorate the edge of the loaf with a braid and a cross in the center with 4 backward Cs in each quadrant. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour, or follow this Quick Tip to cut the rise time.

  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush bread lightly with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water). Bake for 1 hour or until nicely brown.

  7. When cool enough to handle, remove from pan and cool on wire rack.