Paska Bread

Paska Bread

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Paska Bread
Course: Pascha Recipes
Ingredients
For the Sponge:
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water 110 degrees F/45 degrees C
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 cups warm milk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
For the Dough:
  • 6 Eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lemon zest
  • 12 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
Instructions
  1. Proof the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl until slightly frothy.
  2. In the meantime, dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in the warm milk; allow to cool to lukewarm. Once cooled, add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture along with 4 cups of flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Cover and put in a dark, warm place until the mixture is bubbly and doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  3. Stir in the beaten eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup butter, salt, and lemon peel. Stir well to blend. Begin adding the remaining flour a cup at a time to form a very soft dough.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured board until soft and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours. Punch dough down, and allow to rise again for 30 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into three parts (see Cook's Note). Shape into slightly rounded loaves, and place on greased baking sheets. Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water; brush onto loaves.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  7. Bake in preheated oven until loaves are deep brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Once they are done, brush the tops with melted butter for a soft crust.
Recipe Notes
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/7042/paska-bread/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=18

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