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

  • Proof the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl until slightly frothy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • 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.

Notes

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/7042/paska-bread/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=18
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