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Richard, here's one I posted at Gail's: Ukranian Grandma's Pashka Bread (Easter Bread)

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Posted to Thread #1349 at 7:36 pm on Apr 3, 2006

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 1997 17:34:51 GMT
From: Marilyn in FL (@ [])

1 large cake yeast (Note: this is the fresh stuff, found in northern states. A small cake of yeast is equivalent to one package of dry yeast, so I guess you can swap 3 packages of dry yeast. I never have, though.)
1/4 C warm water
3 C whole milk
1 C butter
1 1/2 C sugar
12 C flour
3 tsp salt
4 eggs
soft raisins
1 beaten egg for brushing on top of dough

Dissolve yeast in water with 1 tsp sugar.
Scald milk and butter together.
Blend yeast, milk, eggs, sugar and 6C of flour. Mix well.
Start adding remaining flour and stir in raisins, if you're so inclined. Continue adding flour until you have a stiff dough that is not excessively sticky. Save a bit of flour to coat counter surface for kneading step.

Knead for 10 minutes by hand. Note: I've only done this step by hand so I can't defend the merits of bread machine automation. Place dough in a buttered bowl and cover...let rise until doubled. Punch down and let rise TWO more times (this provides a very nice crumb).

Punch down and divide into 6 pieces. Let rest for 10 minutes, then shape into small round loaves, or roll into long logs and braid 3 each into a circle...this would be the stage to inbed hardboiled colored easter eggs into the braid. If I'm feeling particularily ethnic, I'll add an Orthodox cross formed from dough to the top of a round ball.

Brush surface with a beaten egg and let rise for
1/2 hour. Bake 350 for 35 minutes...Watch carefully...the egg wash will want to burn.

Any raisins sticking out of the dough will burn. There is nothing you can do about it unless you want to create miniature raisin deflector shields.
Block out your time. This bread is not something you can start an hour before you want to eat it.

For true authenticity, it helps if you shrink to 5 foot tall, wear an apron that has survived multiple wars and speak in a language no one in the house understands. Smile a lot with whatever remaining teeth you have. People will love you and the bread anyway.

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