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Romanian Sweet Walnut Bread (Cozonac)

Romanian sweet walnut bread, otherwise known as cozonac, is often served during Easter, Christmas, and other significant holidays. It is believed to have derived from an ancient Egyptian recipe that was adapted by the Slavs. Prepared by a longstanding member of our shoreside staff (and former member of our onboard crew), Angie A., this delicious recipe will make you want to prepare the Romanian sweetbread all year round!


For the dough:

4 eggs

½ tsp salt

½ cup butter

2 cups warm milk

4 Tbs sunflower/ vegetable oil

1 ½ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Lemon zest of one lemon

1 teaspoon dry yeast

1 pound all-purpose flour

For the cream filling:

1 ½ cups ground walnuts

1 cup sugar

2 well-beaten egg whites


To make the dough, use an electric mixer to combine the eggs, salt, lemon zest, warm milk, yeast, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract together. Cover this bowl with a kitchen towel and let sit in a warm place for approximately 1.5 hours.

While the dough rises, beat the cream filling ingredients and set aside.

Afterward, sift the flour and add it slowly, spoonful by spoonful, to the dough, mixing with a wooden spoon. Once the flour is incorporated into the dough, knead the dough until no longer sticky. Roll out onto a wooden board or lightly floured surface to a rectangle of about 1 inch thick and cut in half.

Spread the cream filling onto the dough and starting from one of the long ends, roll the dough lengthwise with your fingers, creating two rolls. Pinch the ends to ensure the cream filling will not spill out as the bread bakes.

Lightly oil your bread pans with vegetable oil and cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of each pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350°F.

When you take them out, let them sit until cool, then remove them from the pans.

Bon Appétit, or as they say in Romania, Pofta Buna!

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I am Ann Bartholomew, the owner of Simply River Cruises.

My love of travel comes from the many trips I've taken to other countries over the course of my life. I officially got my start in the travel industry 10 years ago. Since then, I've made it my life's mission to help others realize their dream vacations.

Planning a vacation yourself entails making decisions that can make or break the entire experience. After hours of researching, talking to travel partners, and planning an itinerary, you can still feel lost and confused. Your inexperience could lead you to a disheartening trip, which I want you to avoid.

With my expertise, you can bid farewell to the stress of travel planning and focus on the joy of your vacation. I will take your vision, customize the experience, and provide you with the perfect itinerary. All you have to do is make a booking and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Working in the travel industry gives me a unique understanding of your yearning to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. By giving each case my full attention and dedication, I have helped hundreds of clients fulfill their travel goals.


With over 10 years of experience, I have all the resources and premium partnerships needed to curate a unique and remarkable river cruise experience, allowing you to focus on the beauty of stunning destinations that leave you invigorated.

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