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Latgalian recipes: Festive bread

This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. Today's recipe is festive black bread, which occupies the center of the Latgalian table on both special and everyday occasions. It's not the quickest or easiest recipe but anything approaching success will win you credit throughout Latgale!


100 g rye flour

100 g whole-wheat flour

200 g linseeds

200 g bran

a handful of raisins

15 g yeast

1 kg what flour

cranberry jam

maple leaves




1. Mix together all the dry ingredients, add the yeast, water and cranberry jam. Leave overnight in a warm place.

2. On the next day, add the wheat flour. Put the dough aside and allow to ferment for 3 hours.

3. Form the dough into medium-sized buns and place them on maple leaves or bran. Leave the buns in a warm place for another hour.

4. Bake the bread for 10 minutes at 275 degrees Celsius, then lower the temperature to 220 degrees and bake for another 35 minutes.

5. Take the buns out of the oven and coat the top with butter.

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