Sift flour through a sieve.
Make a funnel in flour and place a spoonful of sugar in this funnel, 2 tbsp. l warm water and all the yeast. Mix with a little flour.
Put in a warm place for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
While our dry yeast is coming, we will prepare kumkavat.
Rinse thoroughly, remove seeds and cut into small pieces.
Grate the lemon zest on a medium grater.
Try not to touch the white part of the lemon, we only need a yellow layer.
In a bowl, put flour, sugar, kumquat cubes, lemon zest, candied fruit and soft slices of butter. Pour in warm milk (not hot).
Add half a teaspoon of chopped anise.
Now you can knead the dough.
Knead the dough and leave it in a warm place for 3 hours.
Divide the dough into four parts, three flat and the fourth a little more.
Roll each part (3 smooth) into a long sausage.
All three parts need to be rolled out so that they get the same length.
Weave a braid out of these three parts of the dough.
From the fourth part, make the same sausage so that its length is equal to the length of our pigtails.
From above, make 5 funnels in order to insert boiled eggs into them.
Insert the eggs in the funnels and let the dough stand for 20 minutes.
Grease bread with egg yolk mixed with a tablespoon of water.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake in the oven at a temperature of 180 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
When the festive bread is cooked, boiled eggs can be replaced with painted Easter eggs.