Thursday, April 06, 2006

Famous Recipes - Easter Paska (Easter Bread)

Easter Paska (Easter Bread) 1 package active dry yeast or 1 cake compressed yeast 1 cup scalded milk 1/4 cup lukewarm water 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine 4 1/2 to 5 cups sifted enriched flour 2 eggs or 3 egg yolks 1/4 cup white raisins

Soften yeast in warm water. Combine milk, sugar, salt and butter; cool to lukewarm. Stir in 2 cups flour and eggs and mix well. Stir in softened yeast; add raisins and remaining flour to make a soft dough. Let rest 10 minutes.

Knead for 10 minutes on lightly floured board until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl turning around to grease all the surface. Cover; let rise (1 1/2 hours) in warm place or until doubled in bulk.

Punch down and let rise (1 hour more).

Divide dough into 2 balls. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.

For Easter, make into 2 round loaves or make a braided loaf by cutting each ball of dough into three parts and braid. Put in loaf pan. Cover and let rise 1 hour. Just before putting in oven brush with egg white. Bake in moderate oven at 350 degrees F about 30 to 35 minutes or until done.

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