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I use this recipe to make paska also.
Make and share this Ukrainian Rich Basic Sweet Dough (Osnovne Solodke Tisto) recipe from Food.com.
FOR THE SPONGE
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1⁄3 cup lukewarm water
- 1⁄4 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 2 tablespoons dry yeast
- 3⁄4 cup scalded milk, lukewarm
- 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
FOR THE SWEET DOUGH
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 3 -4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 lemon, rind of, grated
- 4 1⁄2-5 cups all-purpose flour
- FOR THE SPONGE: Dissolve the sugar in the lukewarm water, sprinkle the yeast over it, and let it stand until softened. Combine with the lukewarm milk and 3/4 cup of flour. Beat well, cover and let the sponge rise in a warm place until light and bubbly.
- FOR THE SWEET DOUGH: Cream the butter with the sugar. Beat the whole eggs and the egg yolks together along with the salt. Combine with the butter sugar mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the vanilla, lemon rind and sponge. Add the flour and knead in the bowl for about 10 minutes. This dough should be soft.
- Cover and let it rise in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down, knead a few times, and let it rise again. You can use this dough with any sweet filling such as cottage cheese, nut and poppy rolls, filled doughnuts filled with thick poppy seed, jam, or cooked prunes pitted and sweetened.
This is THE BEST sweet dough recipe out there. Believe me, I've tried them all trying to recreate my Ukrainian grandmother's velvety soft, buttery, sweet breaded bread for Christmas Eve. I came across this recipe several years ago...always a tremendous hit at Christmas and Easter.