Recipe by babylee
"These cakes are traditionally cooked and eaten at Russian Orthodox Easter to break the fast. Often accompanied by pashka, a sweet, fruity cheese. These do take a little bit of effort, but it is definitely worth it. They are similar to panettone. Total time includes rising times of 3.5 hours."
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1 (.25 ounce) package
active dry yeast
orange blossom honey
all-purpose flour, divided
4 clean 14-ounce food cans
1 1/2 cups
confectioners' sugar, or more as needed
toasted sliced almonds, or as needed
We are Russian and make Kulich every year to be blessed in our Easter basket on Pascha (this year on May 5, 2013).
Usually making it is an all day, arduous process that is done on Great and Holy Saturday, and there's a much panic around "will it come out"? I made this recipe last night (a week early) and not only could I make it with ease, it didn't take all day! Additionally, it was WONDERFUL! It tastes and feels just like the more complicated versions.
The only things that I thought were "off" were at step 6 and 8.
I needed way more than 2 1/2 cups of flour. It was still more batter than dough until I added another cup (estimated). It was still very sticky when I turned it out to knead, so the kneading in step 6 added another 1/2 cup... All in all, I used 4 cups (which is what my more complicated recipes also calls for).
Also, at step 8, I used a variety of can sizes and found that the narrower can produced a nice tall loaf with a "muffin top", which I like. But the shorter cans made the loaf look more authentic. I will say though, they were much smaller than I expected. Next time instead of 4 small loaves, I will do what I usually make, which are two loaves in 12-16 oz coffee tins.
This is most authentic recipe for a kulich, I am russian and my grandma did not use so many spices, just a vanilla and honey, but your addition certainly does not hurt it! Thank you for posting!
I agree with Celiseev's comment - the flour requirements are very optimistic. Factor in one or two more cups. The recipe is really good, although different from my family's in sequencing and timing: much less arduous! It also leads to a much lighter kulich than we used to have, no bad thing in these days of too much chocolate. I would also double or triple the sultana/raisin amount, perhaps soaking them like I did in cognac, not vodka; and my family doesn't use an egg-white icing, just lemon juice and icing sugar mix. Thanks for the recipe!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Kulich (Russian Easter Cake)
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 356
** Calories from Fat: 83
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