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.
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We are Russian and make Kulich every year to be blessed in our Easter basket on Pascha (this...