On March 9th, we are commemorating the holy forty martyrs of Sebaste.
In Romania, every 9th of March we prepare this kind of pastry, with honey and nuts, an 8 shape, called “mucenici”.
- 500 g flour
- 200 g milk
- 2 eggs
- 75 g sugar
- 30 g fresh yeast
- 10 g salt
- 200 g butter (divided)
Prepare all the ingredients. Mix them all, except 100 g butter. Knead a soft and smooth dough and add the remaining softened butter.
Allow to rise 2 hours, covered.
Divide dough in 100 g pieces, roll balls and let them proof 30 minutes, covered.
Roll each ball into a 45 cm and shape an 8
Divide each ball into 2 and roll a 55cm rope, then braid them and shape the 8.
Allow to proof 1,5 hours.
Bake them for 20 minutes at 175°C.
- 250 g sugar
- 250 g water
- 200 g honey
- 2 Tbs rose water
In a saucepan, mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Add rose water and honey and set aside.
Soak each hot pastry into cold syrup, for few seconds (do not let them too much, they will fall apart), then sprinkle nuts or pistachio on top.