|The Recipe Bin: Russian - Breads & Rolls|
|Traditional Easter Paska|
|Dissolve sugar in lukewarm water and sprinkle yeast over it. Let stand 10 minutes. Combine the
lukewarm milk with the dissolved yeast and 5 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Cover and let rise
in a warm place until light and bubbly, approximately 45 minutes.
Add beaten eggs, sugar, melted butter and salt. Mix thoroughly. Stir in enough flour to make a medium soft dough. Knead until smooth and satiny. Cover and let rise 1½ hours. Punch down and let rise another 45 minutes. Shape into round loaves. Decorate the loaves with same dough. The central ornament on paska is usually the cross. Some homemakers decorate paska with breaded rolls. Be sure to grease pans well.
Set the loaves in a warm place until almost double. Brush with melted butter. Bake in a 400°F oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375°F and continue baking for 30 minutes.
|Makes approximately 5 loaves.|