Friday, April 21, 2006

Good Friday


Today is Good Friday. I sent Nathan out to buy some traditional bread for us to try. I have included the recipe. It tastes very "yeasty" and is semi-sweet. There are very few raisins. The top is a thin layer of white frosting with sprinkels very liberally applied.


RUSSIAN KULICH - EASTER BREAD
Printed from COOKS.COM


8 c. sifted flour

2 1/2 c. warm milk

1 yeast cake

3 egg yolks beaten

2 whole eggs, beaten

1/3 lb. butter

1 c. sugar

1/3 tsp. salt

1/2 c. raisins

1/2 c. chopped almonds

1 tsp. vanilla or lemon extract or 3 drops oil of roses


Soften yeast in 1/3 cup of the milk. Scald the rest of the milk and add the butter, salt and sugar. Cool until tepid. Add yeast and stir in slowly 4 cups of the flour. Put in warm place to raise for 2 hours. Then add the beaten eggs and the preferred flavoring. Lastly add the raisins and almonds mixed with the remaining flour. Knead thoroughly and raise to double bulk. When raised, shape to fit large well greased baking powder or similar tins from which the rims have been cut to allow loaves to be removed easily. Bake in a moderate oven like bread. When baked decorate with icing and small colored candies.
This is eaten after the Easter midnight service and during the three days of open house after Easter there is always a decorated kulich on the dining table.

2 comments:

  1. I can't even remember how I found your blog, but I enjoy your posts, especially about life in Russia.

    It is so cool that we can read about people half way around the world isn't it?

    I'm in Utah in the United States.

    Thanks again,
    Katie

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  2. Thanks for stopping by Katie and I aappreciate your comments!
    Alida

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