Jan 252015
 

If I have to convince someone to make this bread then I don’t think I can do it simply with words. This bread needs to be savored and unfortunately none of you stay close to my place to share the unique taste of this bread. However I’m unable to resist myself from saying that you are truly missing out if you are not ready to try this recipe. As you all know I’m penchant for unique names and new recipes, the name Paska also known as Kulich did draw me with its name. To be honest with you I started making this recipe from natashaskitchen without reading either her description nor the recipe in its entirety. However as I was following through the first few steps I did find that it takes a total of six hours to complete the recipe. I know what you are thinking now, I would have reacted just like you and balked at the time and got my running shoes on. But I’m glad I didn’t have a choice as the bread turned out awesome and they make excellent bread for French toast. Yum!

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Paska bread is from Russia and Ukraine made especially for Easter. Usually breads take two risings but this bread needs three risings hence the long time it takes to make this bread. I started making this bread around evening and was done baking around midnight. There was a sense of peace and calm that I found in baking at night especially when my kids were sleeping. It doesn’t matter what time you choose to bake, the active time this bread takes is only about 30 to 45 minutes only. I hope I’ve done my part to convince you to try and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this bread as much as we did. Enjoy!!!

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Step-by-Step Pictorial:

Please excuse the quality of the below pictures….I couldn’t do anything because I baked these buns at night and the lighting in my kitchen was not conducive to food photography.

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In a mixing bowl whisk together all of the milk, eggs, yeast., sugar, melted butter (warm, not hot), salt, Greek yogurt, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in 2 cups of flour. The batter will be thick like sour cream but not runny or tacky. Cover and let it rise in a warm oven (at 100 F) for its first rise for about 2 hours.
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At this point the batter would have bubbled and risen. Now add remaining 2.5 cups of flour, one cup at a time or until the dough doesn’t stick to your hands (it will still feel sticky but won’t stick to your fingers).

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The dough should be soft. Mix raisins into the dough. Cover and let the dough aside for its second rise another 2 hours in warm oven. Divide the dough into paper baking molds. I used bundt cake pan, you can also use muffin molds to bake them. Do not try to over mix or hammer down the dough too much. Let the dough rise uncovered or slightly covered in warm oven for the third rise, another 2 hours or until the molds are almost full. Bake the dough in preheated oven at 350 F in the middle rack for about 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let it cool for few minutes and remove them from molds and cool completely on cooling rack. Prepare the frosting by mixing powdered sugar and lemon juice in a bowl. If the frosting is too runny then add more sugar and if it’s too thick add more lemon juice. Once the bread is completely cooled drizzle the frosting over the bread and add sprinkles before the glaze sets. Slice and Enjoy!!!

 

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Paska Easter Bread

Ingredients

  • All Purpose Flour -- 4.5 cups
  • Warm Milk -- 1 cup + 1 Tbsp (I used 2 %)
  • Sugar -- 1 cup
  • Eggs -- 3 (at room temperature)
  • Unsalted Butter -- 1 stick (1/4 lb), melted (if using salted butter, omit salt)
  • Salt -- 1/4 tsp
  • Thick Greek Yogurt -- 1/4 cup (alternatively sour cream can be used)
  • Vanilla Extract -- 1/2 tsp
  • Raisins -- 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • For the Topping
  • Powdered Sugar -- 1 cup
  • Lemon Juice -- 1 1/2 Tbsp

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together all of the milk, eggs, yeast., sugar, melted butter (warm, not hot), salt, greek yogurt, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in 2 cups of flour. The batter will be thick like sour cream but not runny or tacky. Cover and let it rise in a warm oven (at 100 F) for its first rise for about 2 hours.
  2. At this point the batter would have bubbled and risen. Now add remaining 2.5 cups of flour, one cup at a time or until the dough doesn't stick to your hands (it will still feel sticky but won't stick to your fingers). The dough should be soft. Mix raisins into the dough. Cover and let the dough aside for its second rise another 2 hours in warm oven.
  3. Divide the dough into paper baking molds. I used bundt cake pan, you can also use muffin molds to bake them. Do not try to over mix or hammer down the dough too much. Let the dough rise uncovered or slightly covered in warm oven for the third rise, another 2 hours or until the molds are almost full.
  4. Bake the dough in preheated oven at 350 F in the middle rack for about 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let it cool for few minutes and remove them from molds and cool completely on cooling rack.
  5. Prepare the frosting by mixing powdered sugar and lemon juice in a bowl. If the frosting is too runny then add more sugar and if its too thick add more lemon juice. Once the bread is completely cooled drizzle the frosting over the bread and add sprinkles before the glaze sets. Slice and Enjoy!!!
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  15 Responses to “Paska Easter Bread”

  1. Totally yummilicious ! Yes baking or even staring at the night sky when all the family is sleeping is truly a bliss :))))

  2. Lovely golden crust and awesome texture.

  3. Great.. Totally agree with you on baking. I prefer to bake when my kiddo is sleeping..

  4. What a beautiful texture you have got .Winderful clicks.

  5. The bread looks great! The pics are truly tempting me to try it out!

  6. Jayanthi, now I wish we lived close by, really that bread looks so spongy and inviting..enjoyed your breads!

  7. The texture of the bread and its color is really inviting.

  8. The bread has got a nice golden crust,absolutely delicious one…

  9. This has come out so well! Love the texture of the bread 🙂

  10. Bread texture looks awesome

  11. Bread looks amazing, love the texture of it!!

  12. Thats a fabulous bread, just love that beautiful crust and fantastic texture.

  13. What a delicious looking Easter bread Jayanthi. Looks so fluffy and yummy!!

  14. this has been on my to do list for a long time – looks so good

  15. The bread has such an awesome texture.

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