Albanian Soda Bread For Stuffing (Kulaç Për Përshesh)
Soda bread or kulaç is a type of quick bread traditionally made in Albania. It is usually made from flour, baking soda, salt, milk, oil and eggs. Traditionally Albanian soda bread or kulaç is mostly used to make stuffing for turkey on New Year Eve.
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp baking powder ( double acting)
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Adjust the oven rack in the middle. Brush a baking pan or heavy bottom skillet with oil. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking powder. Whisk the egg, milk and oil and pour the mixture into the dry ingredients. Then add the water.
Knead by hand until all ingredients are incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 2-3 minutes. If the dough is to sticky add a little more flour, if too dry add a little warm water. Knead the dough until it has a smooth surface. Allow the dough to rest for 1 hour more or less, covered with a dump towel. Using your hand flatten the dough into a round shape, about 1 inch thick. Transfer this into the baking skillet. With a fork prick the top surface of the dough thoroughly before baking, or score an x not to deep with a knife.
Bake in preheated oven for around 45-60 minutes. Then remove the kulaç from the oven when it reaches a reddish brown color. Allow the kulaç to cool down for about 1 hour.