The recipe is straightforward and solid, though one should be aware that the total (active + inactive) time it takes to make these is longer than the stated prep time of 20 minutes and cook time of 30 minutes. It takes additional time to proof the yeast (10-20 minutes) and let the dough rise (variable depending upon ingredients and environment; it took ours about 1 1/2 hours). Bakers should also factor in the time it might take to grind the almonds and make candied citrus, if necessary.
For the citrus, we used a combination of of citrumelo and Meyer lemon, which was splendid. We also used the full 2 cups of raisins called for, but someone less enthusiastic about raisins could probably even halve the amount. One ingredient that really shouldn't be messed with is the cardamom; it's essential to the buns' sweet, heady flavor and aroma.
Get the recipe: Slovenian Easter Bread – Velikonocni Kruhki, from About.com
(Image: Emily Ho)