The Art of Ukrainian Wedding Bread

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By Tasha Lowe-Newsome

Wedding bread is common to Slavic countries, but it is an art form in Ukraine, where it is recorded as far back as the eleventh century.

Traditional korovai has stringent baking requirements. The dough must be mixed, kneaded, and decorated by seven happily married women with children. Widows or divorcees need not apply. Ideally, they wear traditionally embroidered vyshyvanka (shirts) and their red wedding belts. They begin work with a prayer. Often, a priest blesses the loaves before a happily (happily!) married man puts them into the oven.


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