. 520 g plain flour
. 15 g yeast
. 50 sugar
. 90 g butter (or margarine)
. 2 dl milk
. 2 eggs
. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
. 2 teaspoons nutmeg (or fennel)
. 1/2 teaspoon salt
. 4 boiled eggs
. egg yolk
* Instead of four balls, you may prefer to make only a large one and to put there the four boiled.
1 - In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in a little warm milk, add 100 g flour, and leave to rise in a warm place for about 10 minutes.
2 - In another bowl, knead the rest of the flour with the 2 eggs, sugar, and milk until the mixture is fluffy but firm. Then, add the melted butter, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg (or fennel).
3 - Knead again and add the yeast mixture. Continue to knead until the dough comes from your hands and from the bowl.
4 - Cover with a cloth and leave to rest in a warm place for 2 to 5 hours, depending on the room temperature. The dough should double in size.
5 - Once the dough has doubled in size, reserve some dough, and knead the rest into four balls*; flatten the balls a little, and place one boiled egg on top.
6 - Cut small strips out of the dough you have reserved, and cross them over each egg to hold it tight.
7 - Brush with egg yolk, and leave to rise another 10 to 15 minutes. Then bake in a hot oven (200° C), in a round cake pan lined with baking/parchment paper.