Are you sick of the same old Easter dessert recipes? Why not try out this Easter recipe for a dessert that will not disappoint. Kulich, a type of sweet bread, is a traditional Russian Easter dish that you can bake quite easily at home.
Ingredients That You Will Need For The Kulich
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup currants
- scant 1/4 cup sherry
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons milk
A 2 pound coffee can.
Baking The Kulich
- The first step in baking the kulich is buttering a 2 pound coffee can. That’s right, in order for the bread to attain its traditional shape, it must be baked in a coffee can. Fold a sheet of aluminum foil around the top of the can so that it folds two inches.
- Next, soak the currants and raisins in the sherry. They should soak for about a half hour.
- Now, combine 1 cup of flour, the yeast, sugar and salt in a bowel. Using an electric mixer will probably be helpful during this process, however, generations of Russian women did manage without modern conveniences, so if you lack an electric mixer, no worries. A good, old fashion wooden spoon will do just fine.
- Take the milk and butter and heat them until the butter has melted and the mixture is about 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pour the milk-butter mixture onto the dry ingredients, mixing slowly as you pour. When all of the mixture has been poured, mix them until the ingredients are smooth.
- Add the eggs, their yolks, and lemon zest. Again, stir until the mixture is smooth.
- Slowly add the remaining flour, the almonds, and the raisins and currents that have been soaking. Discard the sherry.
- Once again stir the mixture until it is smooth.
- Place the entire concoction in a large bowl, cover it with a paper or kitchen towel, and let it rise for an hour and a half. Make sure to place it a warm place.
- When you are ready to start baking, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take the dough and turn it a few times on a lightly floured surface. Then knead it several times.
- Now take the dough and knead it into a ball.
- Take that ball of dough and place into the greased coffee can.
- Cover the can loosely with some more aluminum foil and let the dough rise until it almost reaches the top of the can.
- While you wait for the dough to rise, you can create the glaze by mixing together the confectioner’s sugar and milk. Make you to mix them until the glaze is smooth.
- Place the can in the oven for about 50 minutes. You’ll know that it’s done baking if you insert a skewer into the bread’s middle and it comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes.
- Now spread the glaze over the top and you a e ready to serve!
See, just a few simple steps and you have a unique Easter dessert recipe that will surely please.