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Recipe: Ukrainian Easter Bread

traditional Ukranian Easter Bread recipe

Ingredients
  

  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 125 ml lukewarm water
  • 2 7g sachets dried active baking yeast
  • 250 ml milk scalded and cooled
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 225 g unsalted butter melted
  • 1 Orange Zested.
  • 750 g flour
  • 150 g raisins

Instructions
 

  • Mix together 2 teaspoons sugar, 125ml water, yeast, milk and 125g flour.
  • Cover and allow to sit for 30 mins until bubbly.
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs, salt and 200g caster sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in the melted butter and orange zest.
  • Stir in the yeast mix.
  • Mix in the flour.
  • Knead in the bowl for about 10 minutes, then knead in the raisins (if using).
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume.
  • Knead dough for a couple of minutes then let it rise again.
  • Grease mould.
  • Fill the prepared mould about ⅓ full and let rise until the dough is even with the rim.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn down the temperature to 180 C / Gas 4. Continue baking the bread for another 40 minutes.
  • Cool.