How to Make Pinca (Sirnica) Croatian Sweet Easter Bread

How to Make Pinca (Sirnica) Croatian Sweet Easter Bread

April 17, 2019

How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

What is Pinca or Sirnica?

Pinca, also known as sirnica or Easter bread, is a traditional Dalmatian sweet roll, however you can now find it all over Croatia.

Last year, while in Croatia I was obsessed with this Croatian Easter Bread, I honestly couldn’t get enough of it and found it readily available in every bakery! This year, I decided it was time to try and make it myself. I believe there are plenty of recipes out there with many variations, so I chose a recipe that was most to my liking.

I have included the core recipe from Croatia Week below and added my comments and edited the ingredients and method based on my experience making this delicious treat!

We hope you enjoy it!

Meagan & Michael

 

Now onto the recipe...

Overall Time Allocation to Make Pinca (Sirnica) Croatian Sweet Easter Bread

Ensure you allocate your time wisely, as the dough will require you to tend to it at 3 different times. If I could make this all over again, I would do stage 1 at night (let it rise overnight), stage 2 in the morning and stage 3 at lunchtime.

  • Stage 1 (steps 1-3) : Prepare the dough and let it rise overnight (allow ~1 hour + overnight)
  • Stage 2 (steps 4): Cut the dough into 3 pieces, form it into balls and let it rise for 2-3 hours (allow ~45 minutes + 2-3 hours)
  • Stage 3 (steps 5-7): Add the finishing touches and the final baking process (allow ~2 hours as this includes baking time)

Ingredients to Make Pinca (Sirnica) Croatian Sweet Easter Bread

  • All purpose Flour – 1 kg + flour for dusting
  • Dry Yeast – 40 g 
  • Butter (melted) – 200 g
  • Caster Sugar – 200 g
  • Vanilla sugar – 200 g
  • Egg yolks – 9 (includes 3 eggs for egg wash)
  • Milk – 680 ml
  • Lemon - skin to be grated
  • Orange - skin to be grated
  • Rum – shot (I used white rum)
  • Rakija (fruit brandy)- shot 
  • Pinch of Salt

Note: This recipe makes 3 Easter Breads so it's perfect if you want one for home and to gift 2 to friends or family.

Method to Make Pinca (Sirnica) Croatian Sweet Easter Bread

STAGE 1:

Step 1: In a bowl, add a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of flour & 40grams of yeast to 3/4 cup (~180ml) warm milk and set aside for 15 minutes to rise.

Step 2: After 15 minutes, put the yeast mixture in a bigger mixing bowl. Add the flour and mix with an electric mixer. Keep beating and add 500ml milk, melted butter, 6 egg yolks, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt.

Tip: You will need a pretty large bowl and a strong handheld mixer for this step. I first thought I could use my normal mixing bowl which proved to be too small for the amount of ingredients this recipe requires.

Step 3: Add the rum, rakija, grated lemon and grated orange skin and then mix again. Mix well to produce a firm dough until the surface becomes smooth. Put the dough in a floured bowl, cover with a cloth and let it rise for at least 8-10 hours or overnight.

I used white rum, however I noticed in other videos they used coloured rum. I am not sure if it gives it a different taste, however I liked the way mine turned out.

I think I should have mixed this mixture longer to get a smoother surface or perhaps sifted the flour beforehand. My mixture wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked, however I corrected this in the next stage by added additional flour to each ball of dough and kneading the dough a lot more.

 

STAGE 2:

Step 4: Place the ready dough onto a floured board and cut into 3 even pieces. Shape them into round balls and place individually on a baking sheet and leave again to rise for 2-3 hours.

As I mentioned above, I kneaded the dough with more flour and eventually got to a smoother looking dough.

STAGE 3:

Step 5: Brush with egg yolk, and crush 2-4 cubes of sugar and sprinkle on top of the dough. Make 3 deep cuts (from centre to edge).

Step 6: Put in heated oven on 200°C (180 °C for fan-forced ovens) for 30 minutes. 

 

Tip: I baked mine at 180°C for 30 minutes. My first one came out really dark so I found a great tip from Chasing the Donkey that after 20 mins in the oven, cover the dough with baking paper or foil to prevent it from getting too dark. I used this tip with the 3rd Easter Bread and it looked much better than the first two!

Step 7: Once it is baked, let it cool completely and you can put it in a bag or air-tight container for it to last several days. 

     

    That’s it! Although my first 2 turned out pretty dark on the outside, the inside was nice, soft and fluffy. This was actually a lot of fun and is a delicious treat for Easter. 

     

    I have included photos making the Pinca (Sirnica) below:

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo Above: Step 1: Make the Yeast Mixture and let it rise for 15 minutes

     

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo Above: Step 2 of making the dough

     How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo above: Step 3 Making the Dough

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo above: The dough isn't as smooth as I would have liked. Consider kneading it longer and adding a bit more flour so that it is not sticky and rather smooth.

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo above: Step 4: I also managed to get it to a smoother texture by kneading the dough and adding additional flour.

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo above: Step 5

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo above: My first Sirnica was very dark on the outside, yet delicious and fluffy on the inside

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo above: Comparison between 1st and 3rd Sirnica. Put a piece of foil or baking paper at the 20 minute mark while baking in the oven. This will help prevent the egg wash from darkening too much.

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Photo above: My finished Pinca or Sirnica in our Easter Basket

    How to Make Croatian Pinca or Sirnica - Croatian Easter Bread by Uppermoda

    Original recipe by Croatia Week which features Croatian TV chef Almo Čatlak

    We would love to hear from you! Please send through your photos and comments of your Pinca or Sirnica!

    Because we have been asked, I have included the Uppermoda items we sell in this blog ❤️

    Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to hear more about us and to stay up to date with events we will be attending and what new products we are releasing.

    Also, don't forget to sign up to our newsletter for access to exclusive sales and early releases!

     



    Leave a comment

    Comments will be approved before showing up.


    Also in Latest News from uppermoda

    How to Make Croatian Pastry Cones filled with Cream
    How to Make Croatian Pastry Cones filled with Cream

    April 07, 2019 2 Comments

    Want to make a pretty, easy and a delicious dessert for a party? These cones will surely do the trick and they look beautiful on any of our table runners 😊

    👉 Get the recipe! 

    Read More

    How to Make Croatian Oblatne
    How to Make Croatian Oblatne

    March 20, 2019 1 Comment

    Thanks to our friends Kristina from KakesbyspecialK & Ruža for this delicious Oblatne Recipe! We include the recipe and tips and tricks in the blog. Follow our journey as we make Croatian Cakes and Meals.

    Read More

    Uppermoda Pop-Sockets - Gifts With Purchase
    Uppermoda Pop-Sockets - Gifts With Purchase

    March 19, 2019

    🆕We L❤️VE our customers and have created something new just for you! With every order, you will get 1, 2 or 3 FREE Uppermoda custom-made Pop-Sockets! 
    🇭🇷We hope you love them! 🇭🇷

    🛒Start Shopping! www.uppermoda.com
    #untilstockslast

    Read More