A česnica is the ceremonial, round loaf of bread that is an indispensable part of Christmas dinner in Serbian tradition. A coin or other small object is put into the dough during the kneading. At the beginning of Christmas dinner, the česnica is rotated three times counterclockwise, then broken among the family members. The person who finds the coin in his piece of the bread is to be exceptionally lucky in the coming year. The česnica was used in folk magic for divining or influencing crops.
Pogacha (Po-Gotcha) This is a celebratory bread that Macedonians (and other Balkan Peoples) use when celebrating weddings, Saints Patron days, baptisms,etc. 8 cups all-purpose flour 25 grams dry yeast (3 ½ envelopes of Fleischmann’s ¼ oz. Active Dry Yeast pkgs) 1/2 cup lukewarm water 2 ½ tsp. salt 3 T + ¼ tsp. of sugar, for the dough 4 T + ¼ tsp. of oil, for the dough 1 to 1 ½ T of sesame seeds, 1 tbsp. oil,