prep 2:00 total 4:00
Combine milk, water, salt, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a large bowl. Add yeast and 2 cups of sifted flour. Mix well and allow to rise until double in bulk. Beat eggs with 1/2 cup of sugar until frothy, and add vanilla, rum, and lemon zest. Add remaining flour to yeast mixture and mix in melted butter and egg mixture. Knead until dough is smooth and leaves the hand.
This yeast-raised wedding bread is representative of the korovai baked throughout Ukraine. A korovai may be adorned with a variety of decorations; doves symbolizing the newlyweds, other birds, and an optional tree. Often, a small replica of the korovai is made for the newlyweds to keep as a memento. Glazed with egg wash, it keeps indefinitely. Decorations may be baked in advance and the korovai assembled the day before use.
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