Paska Bread #SundaySupper

Happy Easter! You go into a store, smell the aroma of the flowers like the lilies in bloom, waiting to go home with someone for the holiday. Bags of candies like jelly beans, those peanut butter eggs, and of course chocolate bunnies waiting to be bought to fill up Easter baskets. Yep, it is all signs of Easter and that Spring is here.

I admit I do love that smell of the flowers when I walk into a store like Target or Walmart. It such a welcoming smell to me personally. This year I am making the drive to see my parents in Pittsburgh, so I can spend a little time with them. Usually, for Easter, I don’t be honest because of the holiday on a Sunday, and I have to work the next day, so sometimes the 2 1/2 hour drive isn’t worth it. I got more time this weekend to see them so, this year it works out that I can make the drive.

I have been talking so much about change, and Spring and Easter really are about change. They are good examples of why it is good to accept change. In religious terms, Easter is about Christ dying for our sins and being resurrected. That was need so that we can change. Spring is the trees and flowers blooming, birds coming back. Again, change, it is the changing of the seasons.

So why am I mentioning all this? Well, it to show how we do need change. Easter is a great reminder of that. I have been making changes in my life and here on my blog, one the changes I made recently for Seduction was joining:

Sunday Supper Movement

Last week I did my first post with them, so, of course, I wanted to do another post. The theme is Easter/Passover Feast. There is such a feeling when you are with family to share a special meal, like that of Easter/Passover. I decided I wanted to do Paska bread. The reason I choose this bread was because I have great memories of it, well I should say, Pittsburgh memories. My mom would buy Paska bread from Manzini’s Bread company. The taste of this raisin bread was so good. You knew it was Easter time when my mom brought this bread home.Years later, I found out more about making my own. It is an Eastern European bread. It is a dense bread that uses more dairy in it than a traditional bread. The interesting thing about Paska bread is the meaning. The swirls of spices in it the inside of Paska is said to represent the risen Christ, while the white icing represents the Holy Spirit. The raisins represent all of us, kinda interesting, or least I think so. Some do make it with bread decorations, like that of a cross. So, knowing all this I felt this would be a great recipe to do for Sunday Supper Easter/Passover Feast.

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Yield: 6 servings

Paska Bread #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Paska Bread is a traditional Polish Easter bread that is full of flavor. A recipe for #SundaySupper from Seduction in the Kitchen 

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 cup milk (scalded and cooled to warm)
  • 1 cup water (lukewarm)
  • 6 tablespoons Crisco shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups white flour (Maybe a bit more if needed)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • white icing of your choice

Instructions

  1. Mix yeast, sugar and scalded cooled down milk and water together and set aside till yeast starts to bubble.
  2. In mixer mix shortening and sugar together and add one egg at a time mixing in completely before adding another egg. Mix well after last egg.
  3. Sift 6 cups of flour into separate bowl.
  4. Mix 3 cups of flour into the yeast mixture, mix till smooth.
  5. Add Raisins.
  6. Add shortening, sugar and egg mixture.
  7. Take one cup of flour and add salt and cinnamon to it and mix it into dough. (To stop the cinnamon from lumping up in the dough).
  8. Knead in remaining cups of flour till dough is smooth.
  9. Put in greased bowl to rise.
  10. Let rise until doubled, then punch down put and place in greased cake pan or casserole dish about 8 inches minimum and allow to rise until double in size.
  11. You can take a portion out to make the a fancy bread ornament on top. Then beat the egg and water together and brush the top the bread with it.
  12. Bake at 350°F for 30-45 minutes
  13. Allow it to cool, Take out the pan, cover it with the white icing and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320
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14 Comments
  • Wow, does that look good! I adore cinnamon raisin bread, and will try yours!

    • Deanna Samaan
      April 20, 2014

      Thank you so much! Let me know how you like it 🙂 Happy Easter!

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 20, 2014

    Thank you so much 🙂

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 20, 2014

    Thank you! It was my first time doing that!

  • Very festive! Love it!

    • Deanna Samaan
      April 20, 2014

      Thank you so much! Happy Easter!

  • Laura Dembowski
    April 20, 2014

    That is such a beautiful bread! It would be the star of any Easter table.

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 20, 2014

    Thank you so much! Happy Easter!

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 20, 2014

    Thank you so much! Happy Easter!

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 20, 2014

    Thank you so much! Happy Easter!

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 20, 2014

    Thank you so much! Happy Easter!

  • Joanne T Ferguson
    April 21, 2014

    G’day! This looks terrific! Happy Easter!
    Cheers! Joanne

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom
    April 21, 2014

    Absolutely love the meaning behind this bread! Happy Easter!

  • Christy
    April 25, 2014

    What a beautiful bread. Thanks for sharing the story. Glad you joined Sunday Supper!

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