This month the theme at Bread Bakers is Easter, Passover and Springtime Breads from Around the World. I decided to try a Russian Kulich bread that is popular at Easter that I found over at Razzle Dazzle Recipes that I’d been meaning to make. We were also challenged to make a bread we hadn’t made before and this fits the bill.
This bread still highlights Easter in Russia. People bring a loaf to church for the priest to bless and then serve it as part of dessert following Easter Dinner. The frosted top represents a church dome with snow on it. It is supposed to be baked in a 1 lb. coffee can and I didn’t have one so I used a 9 inch cake pan instead.
Russian Kulich is a sweet yeast bread made with candied fruit, cardamon and almonds. It is popular in Russia at Easter and is served with dessert.
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (105°-115ºº)
- 1/2 cup warm milk (105°-115ºº)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
- 2-3 cups flour
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1/2 cups slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped candied mixed fruit
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- about 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon softened butter
- couple of drops almond extract
- 1/4 cups toasted slivered almonds
- Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- Combine warm milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, cardamom, salt, and lemon peel in a
- large bowl. Add 1-1/2 cups flour, yeast mixture, and eggs. Mix thoroughly.
- Add almonds and candied fruit. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
- Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth—about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double—about 1-1/2 hours. Punch down dough. Shape into a ball; try to get a nicely rounded top. Place in well-greased 1-pound coffee can. Cover; let rise in warm place until double—about 45 minutes. (I baked it in a 9 inch cake pan.)
- Bake in a preheated 350ºF over 35-40 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.
- Mix thoroughly confectioners' sugar, water and butter. Spoon icing over top of kulich. Top with the roasted almonds.
Source: Recipe Source: Ukrainian Easter: Traditions, Folk Customs and Recipes by Mary Ann Woloch Vaughn
Here’s our International Easter/Passover/Spring Bread Basket.
- Bacci Bread by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Casatiello by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Choereg – Armenian Easter Bread by Chef Mireille’s East West Realm
- Colomba Pasquale (Easter Dove Bread) by Cook’s Hideout
- Cornish Saffron Easter Bread by Pastry Chef Online
- Folar (Portuguese Easter Bread) by Passion Kneaded
- Hot Cross Buns by En la Cocina de Caro
- Hornazo De Salamanca – Spanish Easter Bread by Ruchik Randhap
- Hungarian Egg Twist by Hostess at Heart
- Hungarian White Bread by Magnolia Days
- Individual Braided Easter Bread by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Italian Easter Bread by La Cocina de Aisha
- Lambropsomo – Greek Easter Bread by Spice Roots
- Lithuanian Easter Raisin Bread by My Catholic Kitchen
- Matzo by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Mennonite Paska by Food Lust People Love
- Pääsiäisleipä – Finnish Easter Bread by Bakers and Best
- Pane di Pasqua – Italian Easter Bread Wreath by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Polish Bobka Easter Bread by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Russian Kulich by That’s My Home
- Springtime Sweet Bread by Cooking club
- Strawberry Fritters by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread) by Simply Veggies
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How is the monthly theme determined? We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. This month Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla has chosen breads from around the world that are traditional for Easter, Passover or Springtime.
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