Anna Prihorodska, Bilivtsi, Ternopil Oblast, Western Ukraine
Sometimes for this recipe you need to use as much flour as you think you need and then add the rest of the ingredients. Her batter was very thin and the dough was very sticky. The amounts from about are approx. as she uses a handful of this and that often.
Into a large pan, put 3 cups of hot water, the butter, sugar and salt. Let this dissolve and then add 1 cup of cold water. Your mixture should now be a little above lukewarm.
In a separate bowl, put the yeast and 1/2 cup lukewarm water. When the yeast has risen slightly, add it to the above. This takes about 10 minutes. Mix well and add about 8 cups of the flour. Add in eggs that have been at room temperture. After you have worked in this then add 6 or 7 more cups and knead to a smooth but not sticky dough. Let the dough rise, punch down and let it rise again.
Form into loaves, buns or whatever form you wish. This makes enough dough for about 4 loaves of bread.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, turn down heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes. Turn out on a wire rack and cool.
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