Ukrainian easter paska

Yield: 1 servings

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The following recipe is from the book Mennonite Foods and Folkways
From South Russia by Norma Jost Voth.
Ukrainian Easter Paska

Frieda Lehn Neufeld shares this authentic Ukrainian recipe, handed down from her grandmother. Frieda usually adds the Russian ritual prayer, "Bog na pomotsch" (God help me), which her grandmother taught her to say before baking this bread. The original recipe called for 24 eggs. This is ⅛ the original. ⅓ cup lukewarm water 3 eggs, separated and beaten 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. sugar 1½ tsp. salt (optional) 1 cup half-and-half grated rind of ½ lemon ⅓ cup bread flour 5-6 cups bread flour ½ cup butter or margarine 1) Sprinkle yeast and 1 tsp. sugar over warm water, stir briskly and allow to become bubbly. 2) Over medium heat bring half-and-half to boil. Stir in ⅓ cup flour and beat well. Add butter to hot mixture and beat again. Cool to lukewarm. 3) Separate eggs. Beat whites until stiff, but not dry. Set aside. 4) Beat yolks, adding 1 cup sugar gradually, beating until thick and lemon colored. Stir into milk and butter mixture. Add salt, grated lemon rind and yeast dissolved in water. 5) **Gently** fold in egg whites.

Gradually add flower(saving 1 cup to use on the kneading board if you are kneading by hand) until the dough is similar in consistency to dinner roll dough. Knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in bulk. Punch down. (Tester Jennie Duerksen added half the flour before folding in the egg whites. This is an optional method.) 6) Divide the dough into 2 or 3 equal parts. Shape into round balls.

Place each in a greased, round 9" pan od 3-lb. shortening or coffee can. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set in a warm place until doubled in size. Bake at 375 degree F. for about 40 minutes (or 30 minutes at 350 F.) or until done. Place grocery bag over top of loaves if they are getting to brown. Remove from pans, Cool on racks.Frost with powered sugar icing. -Katherine Epp Bartel -Ann Bartel Lehn -Frieda Lehn Neufeld Typos by Chester Dick Submitted By PAT STOCKETT On 03-10-95

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