Recipe by sassafrasnanc
We attended a Russian Orthodox Church while living in Boston and I collected many great recipes over these years. My friend Athanasia gave me this recipe which was her mother's in Poland. This was always a favorite with my children! I wish I had some great pictures to post of some of these special, beautiful Easter dishes. Watch for more...
Top Review by HisPixie
Oh, very tasty! I followed the recipe very closely, just found that I need about 1 cup more flour...maybe because I mixed by hand, not by mixer. It didn't look like it was going to work; it didn't rise like a typical white loaf; I suppose because it is denser. But it finished up nicely in the oven and is very tasty! I used standard loaf pans for two small to moderate size loaves. A definite keeper! Edited to say on Easter, my daughter had "paska" bread (easter bread) at her Slovak grandmother's house and her Polish boyfriend's house--and she rated the one I made from this recipe as the BEST one she had all day. :)
- 4 cups flour
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 1⁄4 cups milk, lukewarm
- 5 egg yolks, keep one separate
- 1 cup golden raisin
- 1 fresh lemon rind
- 1⁄4 cup almonds, sliced and blanched
Directions See How It's Made
- Measure 2 cups flour onto piece of waxed paper.
- Combine other 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and cinnamon in mixing bowl and mix well.
- Melt butter and add lukewarm milk.
- Gradually add dry ingredients and beat at low speed, scraping sides of bowl, 2 minutes.
- Add 4 egg yolks and 1 more cup of flour.
- Beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until think and elastic.
- Gradually stir in last cup of flour with wooden spoon, making a soft dough.
- Cover and let rise until double.
- Stir in raisins and lemon rind.
- Put in a well greased 3 quart fluted tube pan or heavy Bundt pan.
- Beat 5th egg yolk with 2 tablespoons water and brush top of dough with this mix.
- Sprinkle almonds over the top and let rise for one hour uncovered.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes. Turn out of pan and cool on rack.