Friday, April 6, 2012

Uncle Tom's Paska Bread (Pound Cake Bread)

Paska Bread...ever heard of it?

Paska Bread has Eastern European origins and is the traditional Easter Bread of the Eastern Orthodox Christians.  Geez...when I explain it like that, it doesn't fully express how very wonderful it is!

It's a slightly sweet, yeasty, substantial bread that is perfect for sopping up that Beer Gravy (coming soon) on your Easter Dinner plate!  It's also awesome with a little homemade strawberry jam for breakfast, or as French Toast after it's gone stale.  When you see the ingredients, you'll understand why I call it Pound Cake Bread!


My Great Uncle Tom (for whom my Father and Son are named) made sure to bring it to my Grandmother's house every Easter Sunday and I am delighted to carry on this tradition!

Ingredients:
2 Packets Yeast
1/2 Cup Warm Water
1 Stick Butter (1/2 Cup) Melted
3 Eggs
1 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
5-6 Cups Flour

Dissolve the yeast in the water and allow to proof for 5 minutes.  In an electric mixer (much easier this way), combine the butter, eggs, sour cream, salt, & sugar.  When the yeast is foamy, mix it in.  Using the bread hook to mix, add the flour one cup at a time until the dough forms a ball on the hook.

Put the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight.  It actually rises in the fridge!

The next day, divide the dough in half.  Press each half into 2 greased loaf pans, cover, and allow to rise for another hour (I usually put the pans in the oven to allow the dough to rise).  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.



Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

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6 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds delicious! Do you think it would work as rolls?

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    1. Sure, I think so! If you make them, write back and let me know!

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  2. I love Paska Bread. My Ukrainian Orthodox mother-in-law is coming over tommorrow and is very likely to be bringing me some as she does every year.

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  3. We're Eastern Orthodox and I'm making this for Pascha this year now! Thanks :)

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  4. This looks delish! I can't wait to try it. Pinning it now....

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