Every Easter my mother makes Paska for our family. For many Slavic people, Paska is known as a traditional Easter bread. Over the years we changed up the ingredients, so it’s not really considered traditional Paska anymore. I did some research and discovered that our version of “Paska” is very similar to what the Italians call Panettone (Christmas bread). Its a sweet bread made with eggs, dried fruit, and butter. It’s a very easy bread to make, just a little time consuming.

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Ingredients for yeast starter:
3/4 cup warm milk
3 tsp dry active yeast
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour

Ingredients for rest of bread:
3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp orange zest
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
3 1/4 cup flour
5 tbsp butter, melted

Instructions:

1. Pour the milk into a bowl and warm it in the microwave so it reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 3 tsp of yeast to the warm milk and let it sit for a few minutes or until most of the yeast is soaked.

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2. Lightly stir the milk with a whisk and add 1/4 cup of sugar. Then add 3/4 cup sifted flour.

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3. Stir the mixture until well combined and let it sit in a warm place for about 20-30 minutes to let it rise. I put it in 110 degree oven.

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4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the eggs and egg yolk, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla, salt, and the zested orange and lemon. Lightly mix with a spatula and add the risen yeast starter.

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5. Add the craisins and golden raisins and stir just to combine.

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6. Then add in 3 1/4 cup sifted flour and melted butter and mix it using the hook attachment.

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7. Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and make it into a ball (The dough will be very sticky). You don’t need to kneed it for a long time, just enough to form it into a ball.

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8. Grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough into it. Drizzle a little more olive oil over the top of the dough, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

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9. Line the bottom of a spring form pan with parchment paper. Then line the sides with a folded piece of parchment paper to support the bread while it rises in the oven. The parchment paper should go about 4 inches above the top rim of the spring form pan.

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10. Place the dough into the spring form pan, make a cross slit at the top and brush it with a little bit of melted butter. Let it rise for 1 more hour in a warm place. Then put it into a 340 degree oven for 40 minutes.

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Panettone Bread_

 

Panettone
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for yeast starter:
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 3 tsp dry active yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • Ingredients for rest of bread:
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 3¼ cup flour
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk into a bowl and warm it in the microwave so it reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 3 tsp of yeast to the warm milk and let it sit for a few minutes or until most of the yeast is soaked.
  2. Lightly stir the milk with a whisk and add ¼ cup of sugar. Then add ¾ cup sifted flour.
  3. Stir the mixture until well combined and let it sit in a warm place for about 20-30 minutes to let it rise. I put it in 110 degree oven.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the eggs and egg yolk, ½ cup sugar, vanilla, salt, and the zested orange and lemon. Lightly mix with a spatula and add the risen yeast starter.
  5. Add the craisins and golden raisins and stir just to combine.
  6. Then add in 3¼ cup sifted flour and melted butter and mix it using the hook attachment.
  7. Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and make it into a ball. (The dough will be very sticky). You don't need to kneed it for a long time, just enough to form it into a ball.
  8. Grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough into it. Drizzle a little more olive oil over the top of the dough, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  9. Line the bottom of a spring form pan with parchment paper. Then line the sides with a folded piece of parchment paper to support the bread while it rises in the oven. The parchment paper should go about 4 inches above the top rim of the spring form pan.
  10. Place the dough into the spring form pan, make a cross slit at the top and brush it with a little bit of melted butter. Let it rise for 1 more hour in a warm place. Then put it into a 340 degree oven for 40 minutes.