Russian Cuisine

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  Traditional Easter Pasha


1c water
1tsp sugar
1pkg dry active yeast
3c milk -- scalded
5c flour
6 eggs -- beaten
1/3c sugar
3/4c butter
8 1/2 c flour

Dissolve sugar in lukewarm water and sprinkle yeast over it. Let stand 10 minutes. Combine the lukewarm milk with the dissolved yeast and 5 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place until light and bubbly, approx. 45 minutes. Add beaten eggs, sugar, melted butter and salt. Mix thoroughly. Stir in enough flour to make a medium soft dough. Knead until smooth and satiny. Cover and let rise 1 1/2 hours. Punch down and let rise another 45 minutes. Shape into round loaves. Decorate the loaves with same dough. The central ornament on paska is usually the cross. Some homemakers decorate paska with breaded rolls. Be sure to grease pans well. Set the loaves in a warm place until almost double. Brush with melted butter. Bake in a 400 degree F. oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F. and continue baking for 30 minutes.

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