Paska Bread

I made some paska bread this week as it’s Easter Weekend.  As per usual it was delicious. Growing up we ate Paska for the week before and after Easter every year. We’d slather it with paska spread and it was like eating dessert for breakfast.  It’s a delicious filling Ukranian bread which here in BC is mostly eaten by Mennonites.

In the interest of getting more people onto the paska bandwagon here’s my mom’s recipe.

Paska loaves

Traditionally this Russian Easter Bread was baked in round cans, and thus when the bread rose above the top, it formed a round dome reminding one of the domed Orthodox churches.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups scalded milk
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • grated rind of 2 oranges
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • Flour, to make soft dough (approx 10-12 cups)

Directions:WP_20140418_08_41_31_Pro

  1. Soften yeast in ½ cup warm water, set aside.
  2. Scald milk (heat in microwave about 5-6 minutes till hot but not boiling)
  3. Add butter to hot milk and mix to melt.
  4. Whisk eggs, mix in sugar and beat till creamy in very large bowl.
  5. Add hot milk mix to egg mix along with salt, orange rind and vanilla.
  6. Add yeast mixture.
  7. Stir in flour a cup at a time, until you have a soft dough.  Knead a few minutes, adding flour as needed.  Add just enough so dough is no longer sticky.
  8. Place dough in a buttered bowl,  flip over several times to butter dough.  Let rise until double in bulk (this bread is a slow riser, allow at least 3 hours).  Punch down, form into 4-6 loaves (depending on pan size) and place in greased pans.  Let rise until double in pans (again, allow several hours).
  9. Bake in a 325 degree (F) oven for 30 minutes or until done.  Cool a few minutes,
  10. remove from pans, cool completely.
  11. If desired, may be frosted right before serving with plain powdered sugar/milk frosting and decorated with sprinkles.
  12. Serve with paska spread at Easter time.
Paska Dough
Dough before rising

Paska Spread:

  •  500 g. carton of cottage cheese (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup soft butter or margarine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

  1. Drain cottage cheese in strainer
  2. Put drained cottage cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla into a food processor
  3. Blend a few seconds until smooth
  4. Set out for individuals to spread on their slice of  Paska bread as an Easter treat.
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