As I was invited to make a post as a guest blogger for the new german cooking portal Küchengötter about an easter bread (which is online now) I carried out research about breads celebrating easter in different countries. So I came upon Pinza or Pinze, a special bread found in parts of Germany, Austria and Slowenia.
The Pinza is typically cut into three sections. These tree parts stand for the Holy Trinity. Sometimes the Pinza is decorated with a red egg in the middle. By the way, the eggs in red and blue you can see in the pictures I bought from a Czech vendor at an easter egg market. The pattern is painted with white wax on dyed eggs.
Das Rezept für die Osterpinze auf Deutsch findet Ihr unten.
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|Title:||Osterpinze (Easter bread)|
|Yield:||3 Breads, Austria|
|75||grams||All purpose flour|
|165||grams||All purpose flour|
|275||All purpose flour|
|75||grams||Eggs (weight without shells)|
|1||Vanilla pod: seeds|
|1||Lemon: 1 tb juice and grated peel|
|Edited *RK* 03/11/2008 by|
Dissolve yeast in the milk. Add flour and make a batter. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Add the ingredients of the second pre-dough, mix with a handmixer, cover and let stand for another hour.
Add the second pre-dough together with the ingredients for the final dough – except for the butter – to the bowl of a stand-type mixer and mix with the dough hook on first speed for about 3 minutes, then on second speed for about 8 minutes adding the butter in pieces until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and let ferment for 1 hour.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into three parts. Lightly preshape, allow the dough to relax covered for about 10 minutes.
Cover a baking sheet with baking paper.
Give the breads a final rounding and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Let rest covered for 15 minutes, then brush with egg wash. Let rest uncovered for 5 minutes and give them a second brush. Let rest uncovered for another 10 minutes.
In the meantime preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
To achieve the typical form of a Pinza make three deep cuts into the loaves with an oiled pair of scissors.
Bake the breads for about 20 minutes then let cool on a rack.