Hempt Family’s Lepana


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This is another family favorite, handed down for generations! I believe the first time I made it, is when my Grandpa Curt came to visit us one year. It is a recipe that has been in his family for years. So what is Lepana? It’s a Hungarian, breakfast bread. Lepana goes great with eggs, especially omelets. 🙂


Lepena Bread

  • 6+ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 cups warm water (make sure it isn’t hot!)
  • 2 TBSP. yeast
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • butter
  • additional salt

Whisk yeast and sugar in water, until yeast is mixed in well with no clumps. Let sit 10 minutes. Mix with flour and salt (you can add additional flour or water if necessary). Stretch, knead it for about 20 minutes. Sit in bowl overnight, covered with towel.

In the morning, punch down dough spread and roll out on two 9×13″ cookie sheets. Lightly slash the top with a knife (not too much, be careful, you don’t want it to cut through to the pan.) Bake @400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Once it comes out of the oven spread butter and salt (amount as desired) over top, cut/pull apart in to pieces. Best when warm.


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