Tain – miraculous bread of Serbian soldiers

Have you ever heard of the secret? Or maybe you just saw him on the market shelves and his name was completely unknown to you? Tain is a specific rye bread intended to provide the Serbian army with vitality and a lot of energy in battles during the Balkan Wars and the Great War. This bread was obligatory in the bag as a protector of life, and it was a salvation for every Serbian soldier. Learn all about bread, which has become a symbol of the survival and strength of a nation.

Tain is a traditional bread made from a specific rye mixtures i white flour, which could last a long time. This specific mixture of flour gave strength i plaster Serbian soldiers in battle, and it is mixed not with old, hardened yeast, but with fermentation test.

The name of the bread tain is of Turkish origin and means monitoring. She followed every Serbian soldier daily vekna bread from 800 grams.

About how much this bread was shrines for a Serbian soldier, the fact that he is mandatory part of the uniform was and purse for bread. Tain was the only way for a Serbian soldier to survive all the hardships and food shortages during the war.

History of military bread

The production of secrets began immediately after the Serbian-Turkish wars. Due to its specific composition, this bread was nutriment the daily meal of each soldier.

The following 800 grams was intended to provide the soldier sufficient energy value, in order to be able to perform basic combat tasks.

The soldiers mostly ate just a secret. When there were possibilities for that, the secret was combined with salted cheese, beans, onion ili peppers. Salted cheese was supposed to meet the needs of proteins which contribute to mobility, while beans, onions and peppers, in addition to protein, also met the needs for vitamins. At the beginning of the war, while there were still conditions for that, the soldiers were also given prunes or someone else dried fruit.

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The story of a soldier who was saved by bread

According to the story, Aleksa Zdravković, a soldier who took part in the Balkan wars and the First World War, during all the years of war he was protecting the bread.

When he started the First Balkan War, he was his mother vowed Alex to follow the secrets he gets for the first time don’t eat, but to him preserves as an amulet. He wore the first secret as an amulet of Alex during the Balkan wars and in the Great War. It’s an amulet kept and no bullet ever touched him.

Alexa was not the only soldier who kept this black bread as amulet. Many mothers advised their sons not to eat the first military follow-up, so that the secret would keep them on the battlefield as an amulet. Legend has it that after each battle, the survivors grabbed the purse with their hands, kissing piece already stale bread and thank God that they survived.

The family and heirs have been around for years kept the amulet which Alex brought back from the war. The first military follow-up of Aleksa Zdravković, which he received back in 1912, is kept as exhibit in the Museum of Annihilation in Pirot.

Recept za tain

This traditional military bread you can prepare it yourself.

To prepare the secret you need the following ingredients:
• 3 cups flour
• 2 small teaspoons alone
• a quarter of a teaspoon dry yeast
• one and a half glasses water

You can use different types of flour, all that matters is that it is integral. It would be best to respect old recipe and to be in a mixture of secrets 70% rye flour i 30% white.

Mix flour, salt and yeast and add water to the classic bread density. It is interesting that this mixture must stand first 12 hours. After that stir again and remains to stand still 10 do 12 hours, or longer, until air bubbles appear on the surface of the test.

On the surface that you previously sprinkled with flour, the dough is first fold like a letter, and then overturns and cover plastic wrap. After this, the dough should stand for about more two o’clock.

The pan in which you will bake the tain must have cover and you have to warm up before you put the bread in it. Bread is baked covered, approx half an hour, on 250 stepeni, and then remove the lid and bake for another twenty minutes.

Tain is done when he gets caught on it dark cover. If heard during cooling cracking of the cover, it is a sign that the secret has turned out properly!


Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.

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