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During Easter, Sirnica is traditionally prepared on the island of Korčula. The original recipe was given to us by Franica Tasovac, author of the book "Sweet Korčula".

Ingredients 6 egg yolks 3 egg whites 250 g sugar 1 vanilla sugar 300 ml milk 120 g of fresh yeast 1.5 tsp salt 250 g butter 1.20 kg of flour zest of one lemon zest of two oranges 1 tablespoon of rose brandy a little egg white 1 tablespoon of rose brandy 5-6 sugar cubes

To paint eggs, you need real beeswax, a dish to melt it in, pins, dye, eggs, a steady hand, and plenty of patience and good will - explain the girls from these villages who carefully preserve this old-fashioned way of decorating Easter eggs from falling into oblivion. They explain how this old tradition symbolizes the seed of life and represents the allusion of the birth of life and life's joys, just like the holiday of Easter. Besides in the coastal area of Dubrovnik, the egg-painting tradition is also nurtured in Konavle, a unique region in the Dubrovnik area, located in the far south of Croatia. Part of the preparation for the largest Catholic holiday include washing one's face in water which was infused with flower petals on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. By doing so, they say, faces will remain white, smooth, and rosy, eyes will be fresh, and minds will be wise. The depiction of a coastal wedding is a special attraction at this festival. The custom of youths marrying in formal folk costumes dates back far into the past, and contains military elements.

As a rich spread is an integral part of every wedding, both in the past, as is in the present, it will be an opportunity to taste typical coastal specialties: prosciutto, fresh cheese, asparagus, young vegetables, various sweets, figs, crystalized citrus peel, and, of course, the must-have painted eggs, which you will have the opportunity to make yourself. Many folk dance ensembles, klapa singers, and associations from this southernmost part of Croatia will take care of the happy ambiance at the event.

A tradition of brotherhood The southern Dalmatian islands also keep many interesting customs connected with preparing for and celebrating Easter. The island of Korčula is a great guardian of tradition, where Holy Week (the week before Easter) is especially celebrated. At that time, the medieval streets of the city of Korčula are filled with processions of brotherhoods: All Saints, St. Rocco and St. Michael (brotherhood of Our Lady of

Preparation Cut the butter into pieces and place in a pot over low heat to melt. Crumble the yeast into the warmed milk, stir, sprinkle with a little flour and leave to double. Beat the eggs with the sugar and salt until the mixture is frothy. Add the brandy, lemon zest and orange zest into the mixture. Sprinkle with flour, add the proofed yeast and melted butter. Mix the dough by hand, slowly adding flour. It should be soft, not stiff. Place the dough in a bowl, cover it, and let it rise until it has doubled in size. Re-knead the dough and divide it into six equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball. Place the sirnice on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper, making sure to leave enough space between them so they do not touch. Let them rise for another 1-2 hours. Heat the oven to 150°C. Before baking, score each sirnica into three parts. Bake them for 40 minutes. Beat the remaining egg white and brandy with a fork; at the end of the baking time, coat the sirnice with the egg white mixture, sprinkle with crushed sugar cubes and place them back into the oven for a short time to dry the coating.

Mantala, a traditional dessert in the Dubrovnik region; An Easter bunny; Sirnica, a dessert traditionally prepared for Easter on the island of Korčula.

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