Paska’s traditional bread is a sweet and delicious addition to your Easter table. It is a traditional Polish egg bread that is wonderfully light with a slightly sweet taste. This sweet bread is very easy to make, it uses basic ingredients from the pantry and it is a sweet, soft and tender bread. With a simple icing and some sugar pearls with motifs of these dates, this delicious bread is the perfect complement for your Easter celebrations.
You wonder what is Paska? When I first set out to make the recipe, I wanted to learn a little more about where it originated and how it is served. Paska is a traditional Easter bread from Poland and Eastern Europe. In Russia, this sweet bread with egg is called Kulich. It is most often made in spring to celebrate Easter. The word Paska translates to “Easter” in most Eastern European cultures.
Traditionally, paska bread is made and brought to church on Easter morning to be blessed and then brought home to be enjoyed with Easter meals. In Germany they do something similar with the breakfast basket on Easter Monday, which usually also contains some brioche-type bread.
The recipe is super simple, with a single rise and basic ingredients such as eggs, milk, water, yeast, sugar and butter. The dough is very soft, fluffy and has an intense flavor.
The frosting is very easy to make with just 2 ingredients. Milk and icing sugar. You can color it with food coloring to give a different touch to the decoration. Finally, the sugar decorations in the shape of eggs and bunnies give it that special Easter look, but you could also put some chocolate Easter eggs or colored chips to decorate.
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Paska (Easter bread)
This sweet bread is very easy to make, it uses basic ingredients from the pantry and it is a sweet, soft and tender bread. With a simple icing and some sugar pearls with motifs of these dates, this delicious bread is the perfect complement for your Easter celebrations.
- For the dough:
- 120 ml warm water
- 120 ml warm milk
- 45 g fresh yeast
- 120 g butter, melted
- 100g sugar
- 3 eggs
- 600 g flour
- For the icing:
- 200 g icing sugar
- 6 tablespoons milk
- Sugar sprinkles for decoration
To make the dough, start by combining the warm water, milk, yeast, melted butter, sugar, and eggs in the bowl of the stand mixer. Next, add the flour and knead until it is well integrated and the dough comes off the bowl. You should knead at least 5 minutes.
Let the dough rest in the bowl covered with a cloth for an hour until it doubles in size.
Take the dough out of the bowl and knead on the counter to degas it. Form small buns if you want to make small breads or divide the dough into as many parts as you want depending on the size of your pan. You can also shape it into a braid and bake it on a tray.
Place the ball-shaped dough in the baking pans. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Let rise again for another 20 minutes before baking. Bake 15 to 20 minutes for small breads and about 45 minutes if you make a larger one. In any case, bake until golden brown.
To make the icing, mix the milk with the icing sugar. Dip the tops of the breads in the icing and place on a wire rack to drain off the excess. Garnish with sugar sprinkles.