It is Christmas Eve for many of us today, but for Orthodox Christians in Macedonia, Christmas celebrations begin on the evening of January 5th- January 6 with Koleda (Christmas Eve) and Christmas day is January 7th. Here is a bread to give to Children on Koleda, Koleda Leb. You can shape them into bicycles for boys or dolls for girls. My bicycles turned out ok enough, but my dolls still need some work. Chad asked why I made bread shaped like a mummy for Christmas. I topped mine with a little powdered sugar to hide some of the imperfections.
To make the doll shape: form one piece into an oval. Pinch in about an inch from the top to form the head. Cut out and separate the arms and legs. Divide the small golf ball piece into 2 halves. Roll one into a long, thin rope. Save the other for another piece. Wrap the rope around the head, cross at the chest, and fold under the armpits. Make sure it is long enough to actually wrap under the armpits. Mine was a little short, just barely touching, and shrunk quite a bit during baking. Form eyes and a mouth by pinching with your fingers.