Paska Easter Bread


Paska is an Easter European traditional Easter Sweet Bread. Usually baked with lots of Raisins, citrus zest or vanilla. Some also like to add other dehydrated fruits or nuts. Topped with icing and decorated with sprinkles. This is a center piece of most European households next to decorated hard boiled eggs. Paska was traditionally taken to church on a Sunday morning.

Although it may seem like its difficult to make it at first it really isn’t. The majority of time is spent for them bread to rise. The remainder of hard work your mixer will do.


Paska is mainly made of lots of eggs, milk, butter and sugar. It is so buttery and soft with a texture element from raisins. In some ways it is similar to brioche bread.


When you mix warm milk with a little bit of sugar, yeast and some flour and set it aside this become the activation process. Yeast loves warmth and sugar, you want to make sure you don’t over heat your milk, otherwise too hot of a milk will kill yeast. This step is also great to know if you have a good quality yeast or checking to see if your yeast isn’t expired before you get too far into the process. If after ten minutes you see big bubbles and the mixture starts to rise you know it’s go time.


In this process you will be whisking eggs and sugar. Then you will add melted but not hot butter. When you whisk all the wet ingredients together it will help incorporate with flour evenly.


Here comes the fun easy part where your mixer does all the hard work. For this step you will want to use your dough hook. Add flour, salt, Egg sugar mixture and yeast and milk mixture. Let the mixer mix for about 10 min. Than you let the dough sit for 30 minutes resting. Don’t bother even removing it from the mixer. Once thirty minutes pass turn it on again to mix for additional 5 minutes.


First part of rising will be where the bread sits in a big bowl and rises for 1 hour. Second part is when you stretch the bread and add raisins. Then you divide the dough into two molds and let it rise for additional 1-2 hours or until doubled in Size.


You will brush each bread with egg wash. To make egg wash you will need 1 egg yolk 3 tbsp of milk, whisk it together and brush each easter bread. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 min for Paska size 5×7 smaller size bake for 20 min


To make white icing you will whisk 1 egg white with 1 1/3 cups of powder sugar and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. mix till mixture thickened and shiny white color. Drizzle all over the Paska and top it with sprinkles. Icing will harden within minutes so don’t worry about it staying sticky.

Paska Easter Bread

Lilys Cooking and Home
Traditional sweet easter bread
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 2 loafs


  • 1 Stand Mixer
  • 3 Molds


  • 4 cups All Purpose flour
  • 1 cups Milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 3 piece Eggs
  • 2 piece Egg Yolks
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Golden raisins
  • 1 piece Yolk
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 1 piece Egg white
  • 1 1/3 cups Powder Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice


  • I recommend making it a doubling the batch right away for more Easter bread quantities.
    In a bowl combine 1/2 cup of flour, 1 cup of warm milk, 1 1/2 tbsp of active dry yeast and 1 tbsp of sugar. Mix till well combined and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside to activate yeast for approximately 15 minutes.
  • In another bowl or mixer mix 3 eggs with 2 egg yolks add 1 cups of sugar. Beat till all the sugar is dissolved and eggs are fluffy
  • Into the mixer add 3 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tsp of salt. Pour in the yeast mixture you had set aside. Also add 1 tbsp of Vanilla extract and add 1 tbsp of orange zest instead. Orange zest is optional but recommended
  • Using a dough hook mix the dough for 25 minutes. , then add butter at room temperature cut into small cubes. Add little by little so it’s all incorporated. Mix for additional 5-10 min until butter is fully incorporated into the dough. Remove the dough hook and let it sit in a warm area covered to rise for 1-3 . Or until dough has doubled, this will all depend on the temperature of your home
  • In the mean time take your golden raisins and soak them in hot water to soften and rehydrate.
  • After the dough has been risen, you can fold in your raisins into the dough. Getting your hands in grease oil helps prevent dough from sticking to your hands.
  • No additional flour needed for this process. Using greased hands place enough dough into your mold to have it halfway into the mold. Let it sit in warm area for 1-2 hours or until the dough has about doubled in size and has risen to the top of the mold.
  • Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Brush each bread with egg wash. For the egg wash you will need 1 egg yolk with 3 tbsp of milk whisked together. Bake Bread for 30 -45minutes. Depending on the size of your mold. Use a toothpick to check if the center of the bread is done. If you decide to use smaller molds than 5x7 bread then bake for 20 minutes.
  • Now lets make the Icing for the Bread. Using 1 left over egg white add 1 1/3 of powder sugar to it and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. mix well till combined and tick. Spead all over the top of each bread and top it with sprinkles of your choice. This is definitely the fun part to do for kid. Hope you Enjoy!
  • It is best eaten warm out of the oven or warmed up the next day for breakfast with jam spread all over a slice of Paska. But you can enjoy Paska at any time of the day hot or cold.

Loving all the recipes from Lily's, the first site I check when I dont know what to cook for the day. Always bringing fresh recipes.


Loving all the recipes from Lily's, the first site I check when I dont know what to cook for the day. Always bringing fresh recipes.




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