Polish Easter Bread - Bobka

"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..."
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Ready In:
1 loaf




  • 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.

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  1. 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. :)
  2. Unique and delicious flavor. Not too sweet. Nice, almost cake-like texture. Up until the rising part, I used my Kitchen Aid mixer. .. Da Bomb bobka without all the work! Well done!


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