Judas breads

Czechs bake a special ceremonial bread from yeast dough called Judas breads (Czech: jidáše). Their shape symbolizes the rope with which Judas hanged himself.


  • 60 g sugar grit
  • 500 g plain flour
  • 300 ml twelve percent cream
  • 40 g yeast
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 150 g softened butter
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg for the affliction
  • honey dripping

Preparation process:

From the spoon of sugar, flour, a little lukewarm cream and yeast prepare yeast leaven. After about fifteen minutes, mix it with the remaining sugar and flour, egg yolks, soft butter, lemon zest and juice, vanilla sugar and a little salt. At the end, add lukewarm cream. Knead dough. If necessary, sprinkle it with flour. Then let it rise for about an hour. Preheat the oven at 180°C. Place a greaseproof paper on a baking sheet. Separate pieces from the risen dough and roll rollers out. On the baking sheet roll up spirals from them and let rise for another quarter of an hour. Then smear them with whipped egg and put in the oven for about 25 minutes. Drizzle hot Judas with honey and serve.

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