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Easter Bread

Paska is the Easter Bread is a big part of the Easter tradition. Conventional Paska Bread consists of a round shaped, sweet tasting bread with raisins. Light and flaky dough that will melt in your mouth!
Course Bread
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 20 servings
Calories 374kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin

Ingredients

Bread

Topping

Instructions

Bread

  • Combine warm milk together with yeast and two cups of flour. Combine by whisking all the ingredients together. Cover the bowl with a towel and set it aside in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
    dough starter in a mixing bowl
  • While the dough is rising, separate the egg yolks from egg whites. Whisk egg yolks together with 1 cup of sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk whites until they turn into a foamy (stiff peeks) mixture.
    Egg whites and egg yolks in two bowl
  • Mix egg yolks into the dough, followed by butter, vanilla extract and egg whites.
    Easter bread dough in the making
  • If you're using your mixer, mix in the rest of the flour in small portions. Knead the dough until it becomes elastic. In the picture, you can see how smooth the dough will turn out. The dough is going to be more on a sticky side. 
    Paska dough in a making
  • Cover the dough with a towel and set it aside to rise for about an hour.
    Kneaded dough in a bowl
  • While the dough is rising, soak raisins in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain the raisins completely and mix them into the dough; Cover with a towel and set it aside, once again.
    Paska bread dough with raisins
  • The dough will be sticky, so you may want to oil your hands. Fill up each buttered pan, half way, with the dough. Cover the bread with a towel and set aside to rise for about 30 minutes.
    Paska breads are formed
  • Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes, depending on the size of your paska. Let the bread cool completely to room temperature.
    Easter bread with another one next to it

Topping

  • Combine together powdered sugar with milk; stir to until you get an even texture. Optionally, you can use a piping bag or a plastic sandwich bag for topping.
    Milk and powdered sugar combined in a measuring cup using a spatula
  • Drizzle the glaze along the sides of the bread, cover the middle with the glaze. Optionally add some sprinkles to the bread.
    A ziploc bag being used to pour glaze over the top of the Easter Bread

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg