Polish Paska Bread Recipe
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|2 (.25 ounce) packages active|
1/2 cup warm water (110
degrees F/45 degrees C)
1/2 cup white sugar
3 cups warm milk
4 cups all-purpose flour
6 eggs, beaten
|1/2 cup white sugar|
1 cup margarine, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
12 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 Proof the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl
until slightly frothy.
2 In the meantime, dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in the warm
milk. Cool to lukewarm. Once cooled, add the milk mixture
to the yeast mixture along with four cups of flour. Mix
well with a wooden spoon. Cover and put in a dark, warm
place until the mixture is bubbly and doubled in size, about
3 Stir in the beaten eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, margarine,
salt, and lemon peel. Stir well to blend. Begin adding the
remaining flour a cup at a time to form a very soft dough.
4 Knead the dough on a floured board until soft and
elastic, about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl,
turning to coat both sides. Allow to rise in a warm place
until doubled, about 2 hours. Punch dough down, and allow
to rise again for 30 minutes.
5 Divide dough into three parts. Shape into slightly
rounded loaves, and place on greased baking sheets. Let rise
until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Beat 1 egg with
1 tablespoon water; brush onto loaves.
6 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes, or until done. Once they are done, brush the tops
with melted butter for a soft crust.
Prep Time: approx. 30 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 50 Minutes. Makes 3 round loaves (18 servings).