Judas Rope – Velikonoční jidáše -Czech Easter Buns

Judas Rope – Czech Easter Buns

Velikonoční jidáše (Jidášky)

Zelený čtvrtek (Green Thursday) is how the Czechs and Moravians refer to Maundy Thursday.  Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus’ last supper with His disciples and the institution of the Lord’s Supper. Holy Thursday is called Maundy Thursday in English from the old Latin name for the day, “Dies Mandatum,” i.e. “the day of the new commandment”.

On Green Thursday Jidášky are served with honey at breakfast. These breakfast cakes, made to look like ropes, suggest the fate of Judas Iscariot, who “went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5 NKJV) in despair after he had identified Jesus to His enemies.

 Ingredients:

1 kg (2 lbs.) of flour,
yeast 30 g, (1 packet or 1 cube dry yeast)
250 ml of lukewarm milk and more (1 cup)
butter 120 g, (4 oz)
100 g sugar, (½ cup)
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon salt.
greased baking sheet or use baking paper

2 beaten egg white to glaze buns
liquid honey.

Procedure:

First crumble the yeast into a large bowl with a tablespoon of flour, and a tablespoon of sugar. Pour half of lukewarm milk over the yeast and stir. Set aside in a warm place until the yeast begins to grow. Pour the remaining ingredients into the bowl and stir with a fork until all is incorporated. Add more milk if needed. The dough should be soft but not too sticky. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for about 60 minutes. Punch down the dough, cut into pieces and roll into thin logs about 20cm long and the width of your finger. Shape into spirals, S-shape ropes and knots. Place on baking sheet covered with paper, let rise for 30 minutes. Brush with beaten egg whites and bake in preheated oven at 190 C for 15 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and brush with warm honey mixed with a little water. Makes about 50 pieces.

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