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Pogacha - Balkan Yogurt Bread

Pogacha - Balkan Yogurt Bread is a basic bread that can be enjoyed with salads, soup or used as sandwich bread.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Rising Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Servings: 24 slices
Calories: 149kcal


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pkg. instant yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup Bulgarian yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil


  • Heat milk and butter until the butter melts in the microwave or in a saucepan on medium low heat.
  • Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm, 115 - 120 F.
  • Add sugar and stir to mix. Sprinkle yeast on top and leave for 5 minutes, until it turns foamy.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, yogurt and oil.
  • In an electric mixer, combine the flour and salt.
  • With the dough hook attachment, add the yeast mixture.
  • Mix for 2-3 minutes until the dough turns shaggy.
  • Add half of the yogurt mixture and knead for about 5 minutes with an electric mixer, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add the remaining yogurt mix if necessary, as needed if the dough becomes too dry.
  • Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non stick spray. Cover with a clean kitchen towel.
  • Leave to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  • Knead dough a few times and transfer to a round springform cake pan. Alternately, you can place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut an X on the top of the bread.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Leave dough to rise 30 minutes, until double in size.
  • Transfer to oven and bake for 1 hour, until dough sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Leave bread to cool completely before removing from pan and slicing.


The amount of yogurt mix needed will differ depending on humidity, elevation and other environmental factors.


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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