This traditional Russian Easter Bread could also be called Babka,
meaning sweet yeast cake. In Bulgaria it is called Kozunak.
Russian's call it Kulich. Anyway you name it try this Easter bread
recipe for a nice addition to your Easter dinner or holiday.
Warm milk and pour into mixing bowl. Warm water and add sugar and
yeast. Set aside and let dissolve. In mixing bowl add 2 eggs and
egg yolks. Save some egg whites in the fridge for brushing on the
top later. Melt butter and add in bowl. Rub the outside of your
lemons with a small grater and add to mixing bowl. Add in vanilla,
sugar and lemon juice. Blend all together. Add in 2 cups flour and
yeast mixture. Blend together. Add raisins and remaining flour
to make a nice soft ball.
Add dough to a floured surface and knead several minutes. Knead in raisins. Place a tablespoon of oil in a large clean bowl and add your dough. Cover with a towel and let rise 1 hour. Punch down and rise another 30 minutes.
Shape dough into loaves if making loaves or shape into a braid, rolls, whatever you'd like. In a typical Russian Easter Bread recipe the dough is often placed in clean coffee cans or gallon cans at this point. Filling about ½ full. Cover your dough and let rise another 30 minutes.
Take out your egg whites you saved before and add 2 tablespoons
water. Sprinkle with sugar. Brush tops of your dough and bake at
350 degrees until golden brown. Time will vary as to the size and
shape of your bread.
** This Easter Bread recipe is similar in many countries including Ukraine, Bulgaria, Moldova and Poland.
Now you can try a Italian Easter Bread with dyed eggs.
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