Today I would like to share with you one of the best Russian bedtime stories called “Kolobok” (the equivalent of the Gingerbread). My baby loves this little round bun so much.
“Don’t eat me. I will sing you a song.”
So the Kolobok sang,
“I’m a happy Kolobok, crunchy and brown. In the oven I was baked, on the window sill cooled. From Dedushka I ran away, from Babushka too. I ran away from the Rabbit, Wolf and Bear, and now I’ll run away from you.”
This is the trick of the Kolobok (pronounced kah-lah-bohk, it means “roundie” in Russian), a tasty round ball of dough. He used it to distract his hungry adversaries long enough to make his escape. He’s a famous Slavic folktale character, and his story is known by children across Eastern Europe to this day.
This fable-like fairytale serves as a lesson against hubris, the feeling that after some initial success one can do no wrong. But as many children all over Russia learn, the moral of the story was always – never trust strangers!
Watch the story of Kolobok, maybe you’ll love it too.
You can make your own Kolobok at home! Below is the traditional Kolobok recipe.
You will need:
2 cups of flour (best to mix wheat, rye and buckwheat flour together)
0.5 cup of sour cream
100-150 gr of butter
baking soda on the tip of the knife
Mix all the ingredients, make the balls and bake in the oven at 200C for about 30 minutes.
Do you have a favorite folk tale that is equivalent to Kolobok or the Runaway Gingerbread? Share with me – I’d love to learn about it!