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Traditional Easter Bread - Paska

We usually bake Paska either on Thursday or on Saturday before Easter Sunday. This is a type of sweet bread that requires from the baker utter concentration, precision, positive attitude. Dont you even try to make Paska without a prayer on your mind. But if you start the process with light heart - results would be very rewarding.

Paska



1. In a bowl #1 mix well

350 g of warm milk
2 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp flour
2 tsp dry traditional yeast

Cover and let sit in a warm place for 15-20 min
Bowl #1
Bowl #1
Bowl #2

150 gr melted butter
1 tsp salt
3 whole eggs + 2 yolks
100 gr sugar
750 gr flour
Contents of bowl #1

Knead well - about 15-20 minutes. I don't believe in any Paska dough making machines - nothing has the positive energy like your hands do.
Bowl #2
Bowl #2

Bowl #3
Bowl #3
Bowl #3

2 cups of dark raisins and pour enough boiling water to get them completely covered
Knead well
Kneading
Once the dough is ready, cover and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour, then knead again, add drained raisins and leave for another 45 min then divide and place in prepared molds
Paper lining
Preparing paper lining

Molds
Raising Dough

Raising dough
Prepare your Paska molds. Sure enough you could by real ones, but what is the point to spend $15-20 per mold and use them once a year?
Traditional Paska has quite a unique shape compared to the rest of breads - tall and skinny. So, here is what we used: 2 cans from crushed tomatoes, 1 can from tomato juice, 6 inch round cake mold and oval cake mold. All of cans have to be lined with think oiled paper, all sides and bottom. Parchment paper is too thin, we used just regular printing paper, that was later covered with lots of sunflower oil.

Baking temperature - 180 C. I also spray the tops with warm water 2-3 times during baking.
Baked
Let your Paska cool completely before taking it out.

Glazed
Glaze the top - we used thin royal icing and added some sprinkles

Royal Icing - 2 egg whites + 2 cups sifted icing sugar. Mix well add more icing sugar if needed.
Paska
Now wait - cant eat it till Sunday!


Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty

www.MarinaG.ca


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Comments

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thedrought
Apr. 20th, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
i never knew there was a paska mold. my grandma always made them in cans.

grandma has been gone a long time and i totally forgot about paska until i saw your post. nice memory :)
realtormarina
Apr. 21st, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Our grandmas were very creative :)
kling_klang_bed
Apr. 20th, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
Nice! Curious what region it's from. I'm guessing Finland or Sweden, judging by the name.
realtormarina
Apr. 21st, 2014 02:45 am (UTC)
Wow, not even close :) Ukraine!
kling_klang_bed
Apr. 21st, 2014 05:40 am (UTC)
Lol, I was off by a few hundred miles. :-p
Close enough!
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