I always wanted to try a Babka recipe, to taste the difference between Paska (Ukrainian Easter Bread) and the very popular Babka. This year I finally baked Babka and everyone loved its taste and texture.The recipe is basically the same as for Paska, but it requires 2x the amount of yeast and butter, 1/2 the amount of flour, but same amount of sugar, which you may decrease to your taste.
Most Catholic Christians already celebrated Easter this year on April 21st.
However Orthodox Christians, and some Catholics whose churches still follow the Julian Calendar, will celebrate Easter this Sunday, April 28th.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays, because of its rich traditions. One of these is the blessing of a basket of special foods which becomes the Easter Sunday brunch, being the first meat meal, after a strict fast on Good Friday and Saturday. One of the special foods in that basket is a round shaped Easter Bread, called Paska in Ukrainian, or Babka in Polish. The top of this bread is elaborately decorated with fancy dough ornaments, having a cross as the central motif. Here is my family Paska recipe, which makes two large loaves, or several small ones.
If you thought that Pumpkin Roll is the only rolled cake out there, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to make this Apple-Cranberry Roll.
I love fresh bread, and lately have been testing many breads and rolls recipes. They all are absolutely delicious.
Some require a little more time than others, but none are too labor intensive or difficult to achieve.
I always thought that the ” No Knead” bread recipe was simple, and it is, but when I found this one for ONE HOUR bread, I could not believe it, until I made it and found it absolutely effortless and delicious.
I would have made it into a baguette, but since I do not have a special baking pan it requires, I used two loaf pans instead.