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Paska Easter Bread

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

Equipment

  • 1 Stand Mixer
  • 2 Molds

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups All Purpose flour
  • 1 cup Milk Warm
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 sticks Butter Unsalted and melted
  • 3 piece Eggs Whole
  • 2 piece Egg Yolks
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Golden raisins
  • 1 piece Yolk egg wash
  • 3 tbsp Milk egg wash
  • 1 piece Egg white icing
  • 1 1/3 cups Powder Sugar icing
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice icing

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl combine 1/2 cup of flour, 1 cup of warm milk, 2 1/4 tsp 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 10 minutes.
  • In another bowl mix 3 eggs with 2 egg yolks add 1 cup sugar. Slowly while whisking pour in melted butter. Butter should be warm but not hot. Whisk till sugar starts to start dissolving.
  • In a stand mixer add 3 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tsp of salt. Pour in all the mixture you had set aside, Including yeast and milk mixture with egg and sugar mixture. Also add 1 tbsp of Vanilla extract or if you want you can add orange zest instead .
  • Using a dough hook mix the dough for 7-10 minutes. Stop and cover the dough to sit for 30 minutes, than turn it on to mix again for additional 5 minutes. Remove the dough hook and let it sit in a warm area covered to rise for 1 hour.
  • In the mean time take your golden raisins and soak them in hot water to soften and rehydrate.
  • After the dough has been rising for 1 hour, remove it from the bowl on to the counter. Stretche the dough with your hands as much as you can. Spread softened raisins all over . Don't forget to squeeze out any water from the raisins prior.
  • Fold the dough from each direction and divide it into two equal parts. Shape it into a ball. No additional flour needed for this process. Place each dough ball into your mold. Let it sit in warm area for 1-2 hours or until the dough has about doubled in size.
  • 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 minutes. If you decide to use smaller molds than 5x7 bread than 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.